Fig Variety Details

General

Variety
Hardy Chicago
Favorite

Favorited By 2 Users

NPGS ID
AKA

Belleclare #6, Bensonhurst Purple, Chicago, Chicago Hardy, Mongibello

Description

Small to medium fruit with light brown to violet skin and strawberry pink pulp. Small eye. Pyriform with long slender neck. Excellent flavor and very hardy. Resembles Brown Turkey.

Robert Harper in Connecticut: Also known as Besonhurst Purple. Discovered growing out side in a suburb of Chicago, by long time fig lover, Fred Born. Considered a standard for flavor for cold hardy, midseason figs, by many well know fig collectors. Cold hardy to around minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 6 degrees Fahrenheit? Most have at least 8 hours off direct sun light to produce a decent crop of figs. Does not like rain while ripening. If it rains while it is ripening, the fruit must be covered or the rain will dilute the flavor. Considered a standard for flavor, among many fig connoisseurs, for mid-season cold hardy figs. Also, it’s strong berry profile makes an outstanding fig candy when rain and dew are kept off the ripening fruit. See above picture of dried fruit. We used slit cups to keep the rain and dew off of the ripening fruit. The original finder of Sal’s EL, does not think Hardy Chicago is as hardy as Sal’s EL, and culled his test tree in place of Sal’s EL. We agree that Hardy Chicago does not appear to be as cold hardy as Sal’s EL. But, a lot of fig collectors we know think it’s great enough to keep in their collections any way.  Zone 6b/7?

Condit Monograph

n/a

Family
Mt Etna
Type
Common
Collection
Belleclare
Non-Carica
Availability
Excellent
Beginner
Excellent

Strains

Variety Strains

Images

Main Crop

Main Season
Early-Mid
Main Yield
Excellent
Main GDD
2200
Main Ripen Days
75
Main Crop Flavors
Berry, Dark Berry, Fruity
Main Additional Flavors
Main Fruit Size
30-50g
Main Seed Crunch
None-Little
Main Skin Thickness
Very Thin
Main Eye Opening
Small
Main Eye Description
Main Fruit Drop Resistance
Excellent
Main Split Resistance
Excellent
Main Uses
Main Additional Notes
  • Ripens 5-7 days later than Celeste.
  • Seattle: 9/27/18, 41g

Breba Crop

Breba
Yes
Breba Yield
Breba GDD
Breba Flavor (Difference from Main)
Breba Ripening Days
Breba Fruit Size
Breba Seed Crunch
Breba Skin Thickness
Very Thin
Breba Eye Opening
Breba Eye Description
Breba Fruit Drop Resistance
Breba Split Resistance
Breba Uses
Breba Additional Notes

Reviews

Climate

Vigor
Excellent
Cold Hardiness
Excellent
Zone
5+
FMV Resistance
High
RKN Resistance
Average
Container Adaptable
Excellent
Rooting Ease
Excellent
Produces After Die-back
Excellent
Rain Tolerance
Average
Additional Climate Notes
  • Cold Hardiness: excellent

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This