Fig Variety Details

Fig Variety Main Info

Variety
Celeste
Our Figs Varieties List
www.ourfigs.com/forum/variety-test/4993-celeste-dfic-80
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Yes
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see also Malta

NPGS ID
DFIC 80
AKA

BJS #2, Blue Celeste, Celeste Violette, Celestial, Celestine, Conant, Gray Midsummer's Day, Honey, Improved Blue Celeste, Little Brown, Little Brown Sugar, Malta, Sugar, Tennessee Mountain, Violette

Description

Small to medium fig with light brown to violet skin and strawberry pulp. Pyriform with tapering neck. Small, closed eye. The eye remains green until the fig is almost ripe (unlike Brown Turkey). Very cold hardy. Excellent fig - arguably the finest Southern fig, but usually disappointing in California and the Southwest. Small chewy violet tinged over bronze colored figs with rosy amber flesh are packed full of flavor and great for drying (can almost dry on the tree). Widely adapted, and manageable tree. Early Ripening.

Condit

Malta was Condit's primary name for the Celeste variety, but Malta has been largely replaced by Celeste in modern usage.

Family
Celeste
Type
Common
Readily Available?
Yes
Gateway?
Yes
More Photos @ Figs4Fun
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Reviews

Other Comments

California Rare Fruit Growers, Vol. 23, No.6, December 1991, Plump, small-to-medium size fruit. Tightly closed eye. Beautiful light-violet to violet-brown skin. Sweet, firm, juicy white flesh resists spoilage.
Excellent fresh or dried. Tangy aftertaste when fresh. Small tree.

The fruit is small (10-15 grams each) and violet to brown with a light strawberry-colored pulp. It is very good in quality as a fresh, canned or preserved product. The fruit droops at maturity and has a closed eye. This makes it highly resistant to splitting and souring. The fruit has a slender stalk and tapering neck. Leaves generally have three lobes but may have three to five lobes. This variety makes a dark preserve and is processed as a specialty item. It is also an excellent home orchard variety for fresh and processed use.

The Celeste fig is small, brown to purple in color and adapted to all areas of Texas. Celeste is the most cold hardy of all Texas fig varieties. The tree is large, vigorous and very productive. Celeste usually does not have a Breba crop; the main crop ripens in mid-June before the main crop of other Texas fig varieties. Celeste fruit has a tightly closed eye which inhibits the entry ofthe dried fruit beetle. The fruit does not have excessive souring on the tree. Celeste has excellent fresh dessert quality with a rich sweet flavor. It is an excellent processing fig, either frozen or processed as fig preserves. Do not prune mature Celeste trees heavily because this can reduce the crop.

Main Crop

Main Season
Early
Main Flavor Group
Sugar
Main Skin Color
Light Brown / Purple
Main Pulp Color
Strawberry
Main Eye
Main Flesh Color
Main Drying Suitable?
Yes
Main Preserves Suitable?
Main Additional Notes

Breba Crop

Breba?
Yes
Breba Skin Color
Breba Pulp Color
Breba Flesh Color
Breba Eye
Breba Flavor Group
Breba Drying Suitable?
Breba Preserves Suitable?
Breba Wasps Required?
Breba Additional Notes
  • Breba Yield: poor

Climate

Cold Hardy?
Yes
Zone
6+
Wind Resistant?
Yes
Good Container Variety?
Yes
Easy Rooting?
Yes
Additional Climate Notes