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Verdal Longue
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Agen, D'Agen, Ficus carica viresceus Risso, Gironetta, Grosse du Draguignan, Grosse Verdale, Verdal, Verdala, Verdale


Green tinged with violet. Sweet and rich.


Condit (as Verdal):

Risso stated that the fruits commenced to ripen in late June, but later writers regard it as a one-crop variety. Hogg reported it as “one of the finest figs I know.” Eisen also described it as “one of the best figs,” ripening very late, and “requiring caprification at Niles.” It was introduced into Algeria (Trabut, 1904), and according to Plant Immigrants (No. 146, p. 1334), produced one crop of excellent figs from September to December. It may be this variety which Estelrich (1910) described and figured under the name Verdal de Oriola.

According to Eisen (1901, p.66), Agen was one of the varieties imported by John Rock from England in 1883. P.I. No. 18,870 of the Chiswick collection was listed as D’Agen. Notes taken on this introduction in September, 1921, at the United States Plant Introduction Garden, Chico, California, showed a medium-sized, greenish-violet fig, excellent in quality and well worthy of further trial. The same variety was grown by the California Experiment Stations as Verdal Longue and distributed for trial, especially in southern California. Dooryard trees have been found at Oroville, Monrovia, Riverside, San Diego, and Carlsbad. About 1930, a grower at Carlsbad had a small commercial planting from which excellent figs were marketed up to Christmas, or even later. Cuttings were introduced into Georgia from California, but no record of production has been found. Fruiting trees were seen in a variety collection at Angleton, Texas, in August, 1940. The following account is of trees and fruit grown at Riverside since 1931, and at Los Angeles during eight fruiting seasons.

Tree somewhat spreading, with outer branches drooping; terminal buds green. Leaves medium, somewhat glossy above, mostly 5-lobed; both upper and lower sinuses of medium depth and width; base subcordate to truncate; margins very slightly crenate.

Brebas rare, medium, turbinate; stalk up to 3/4 inch long, curved; eye medium; white flecks large, conspicuous; color greenish violet; pulp strawberry; flavor rich.

Second-crop figs medium, up to 1-3/4 inches long and 1-7/8 inches in diameter, turbinate to obovate; with short, thick neck; average weight 43 grams; stalk thick, up to 1/2 inch long; ribs narrow, slightly elevated; eye medium, open, scales chaffy, tinged with violet; surface somewhat glossy, with prominent bloom; white flecks large, February, 1955] Condit: Fig Varieties 475 conspicuous; skin checking crisscross at maturity; color green, tinged with violet or light brown; meat thin, white; pulp strawberry; flavor rich; quality good. (Plate 26, C.)

Caprified figs medium to large, oblate-spherical; color attractive, greenish violet; bloom especially prominent; pulp solid, dark strawberry, rich in flavor. Considerably better in size, appearance, and quality than uncaprified fruit. Season late.

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yellowish-green / purple
Main Pulp Color
striking deep red
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  • crop mid-October in 7a
  • Main Fruit Average Weight: medium
  • Main Additional Flavors: hints of citrus

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