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Variety
Hunt
AKA

Belleclare #14, LSU Hunt, Hunts, Hunt's

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Description

Sometimes incorrectly referred to as LSU Hunt. Though used in the LSU breading program, it was not developed by LSU. It was actually a seedling fig developed by B. W. Hunt in Eatonton, Georgia.

Very cold tolerant. Hunt fig trees have large, long-necked violet brown fruit with amber / light red flesh. Fruit has a short stem but long neck, allowing the fruit to hang down as it ripens. This habit adds to it’s rot resistance, as the eye of the fig is less adapt to fill with water. Long ripening season. The trees are very dependable producer. Rich sweet flavor. Closed eye. Fruity ripens in July.

A small brown fig with amber pulp tinged with strawberry, bred by E. W. Hunt of Eatonton, Georgia in the 1920s. Pyriform with a short distinct neck. Distinctive feature is its long, slender stems to 3/4" long stems that help it shed rain. Superb flavor, sweet and rich. Not a heavy bearer, but well-adapted in the rainy areas of the South.

This is one of the best figs for home use since it is so dependable and bears a good crop of high quality fruit.

Ripens about 10 days after Celeste and for about two weeks longer.

Condit Monograph

Hunt: A seedling fig developed by B. W. Hunt, Eatonton, Georgia, before 1929, as the result of crossing Ischia Green (Verte) with pollen sent from a caprifig in California. In this seedling there was realized the objective of producing a fig having a long stalk which would allow the fruit to hang downward, so that water from rain or dew would drain away from the eye. The tree bears a light breba crop and a heavy main crop, and in Georgia the figs are parthenocarpic. In California the tree drops its fruit badly; the variety is therefore incompletely parthenocarpic. Found only in collections.

Tree vigorous, with upright branches; terminal buds green. Leaves medium to large, moderately glossy, 3- to 5-lobed; upper sinuses of medium depth and width, lower sinuses shallow; base subcordate; margins coarsely crenate. Description is from fruit grown at Riverside and Los Angeles.

Breba crop small; fruits small to medium, elongated, oblique-pyriform; neck distinct, but merging gradually into the body; stalk up to 1/2 inch long; color green, shading to brown toward the apex; pulp strawberry, somewhat dry and mealy in texture; quality poor.

Second-crop figs small to below medium, up to 1-7/8 inches long by 1-1/4 inches broad, pyriform, with a distinct, short neck; average weight 20 grams; stalk variable, but generally slender, up to 3/4 inch long; ribs fairly prominent; eye small, scales chaffy, erect; surface dull, with distinct bloom; white flecks scattered, prominent, becoming masked by the bronze body color; pulp amber, tinged with strawberry; seeds practically none; flavor rich and sweet; quality fair to good. Similar to Celeste (Malta), but of larger size. (Plate 27,B.)

Caprified specimens much the same, except for dark-strawberry pulp and fertile seeds; average weight 30 grams.

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Pedigree
Condit Group
Common Fig with Various Dark Shades of Red or Brown or Violet to Black Skin and Various Shades of Red Pulp
Family
Celeste
Sub Family
Type
Common
Persistent Caprifig
No
Collections
Belleclare
Non-Carica
No
US Availability
5-Excellent
Beginner
4-High
Origin
Georgia, US

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Main Crop

Main Crop Season
3-Mid
Main Crop Yield
4-High
Main Crop GDD
Main Crop Ripening Days
Main Crop Flavors
Figgy, Light Berry, Light Berry
Main Crop Fruit Size
2-Small
Main Crop Seed Crunch
3-Moderate
Main Crop Toughness
4-Soft
Main Crop Eye Opening
Closed
Main Crop Fruit Drop Resistance
4-High
Main Crop Split Resistance
4-High
Main Crop Rain Tolerance
5-Excellent
Main Crop Uses
Dried, Fresh, Preserves

Breba Crop

Breba Crop?
Yes
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Breba Ripening Days
Breba Flavor
Breba Fruit Size
Breba Seed Crunch
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Breba Eye Opening
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Breba Rain Tolerance
5-Excellent
Breba Uses

Climate

Vigor
3-Average
Cold Hardiness
Produces After Die-back
3-Average
Rooting Ease
Average
Container Adaptable
3-Average
RKN Resistance
Average
FMV Resistance
3-Average

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