Fig Variety Details

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Variety
Bourjasotte Grise
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NPGS ID
DFIC 339
AKA

Bourjasotte Gris

Description

Large fruits – pale green with purplish flush. Flesh dense red. Rich syrupy juice with excellent flavor. Profuse cropper.

This fig has long been highly regarded for culture in England, especially for forcing in pots. It was one of the best in the collection at Chiswick, from which it was imported into California as No. 18847. Trees are now rare in this state as the fruit drops badly while small. Apparently it does best in cool climates. The breba crop is small or missing. Figs medium, oblate-turbinate with short, thick neck and short stalk; eye medium, open; color greenish violet; bloom prominent; pulp dark strawberry, hollow at the center; quality fair to good.

"I love the color, i love the strong berry taste ! It bears much fruit, medium size and when fully ripe the skin is mixture of purplish violet to green color at the neck. Shape can be oblate-spherical or turbinate.Prominent neck with thick skin,the pulp is blood red color , it taste moderately sweet, sub-acid with berry taste and texture like eating strawberry jam! Most of the leaves is 3 lobes, only mature plant will exhibit 5 lobes."

The English gourmet writer, Edward A. Bunyard, wrote in his classic The Anatomy of Dessert: "Bourjassotte Gris with it’s brown-red almost jelly-like flesh is in the very foremost rank of figdom, and among the somber regiment of purple or black varieties, Negro Largo, Negronne, Violette de Bordeaux, will all meet the epicure’s approval."

The first year fruit from my B.G. were large, excellent tasting berry flavored figs with good sweetness. Condit rated B. G. as "mediocre in part due to its tendency to drop fruit during adverse conditions." Some people on the fig boards reported a similar problem. One person preferred I-258 to it for this reason: similar fruit but I-258 doesn't drop its fruit. My first year I-258's fruit weren't quite as good by just the smallest difference as my first year B.J., but both were similar and delicious.
The Fruit Expert (a British book) says of B.G.:" This one is strictly for growing in the greenhouse -it is too tender for outdoors. The fruits are rounder than the other varieties listed here and the flavor is better -probably the richest and sweetest fig you can grow. Good for pot cultivation."

Condit Monograph
Family
TBD
Type
Common
Collection
Non-Carica
Availability
Average
Beginner
Average

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Main Crop

Main Season
Mid
Main Yield
Excellent
Main GDD
Main Ripen Days
Main Crop Flavors
Acid, Berry, Exotic, Complex Berry, Sharp Berry, Strawberry
Main Additional Flavors
Main Fruit Size
30-50g
Main Seed Crunch
Main Skin Thickness
Main Eye Opening
Main Eye Description
Main Fruit Drop Resistance
Average
Main Split Resistance
Main Uses
Main Additional Notes

Seattle: 9/29/18, 30.1g

Breba Crop

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

Climate

Vigor
Average
Cold Hardiness
High
Zone
FMV Resistance
Average
RKN Resistance
Average
Container Adaptable
Excellent
Rooting Ease
Low
Produces After Die-back
Average
Rain Tolerance
Excellent
Additional Climate Notes
  • Container Growing Rating: very good
  • Wind Resistance: poor

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