Fig Variety Details

General

Variety
Marseilles Black VS
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AKA

MBVS, MB VS, M vs B

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Description

Bluemalibu @ OurFigs: MBVS ripens its medium sized figs Aug 20 in Mediterranean climates. Fairly productive, and parthenocarpic cropping, its figs can dry on the tree. In hot, dry climes, the figs have a very strong, berry flavor that is much more intense and flavorful than Black Madiera/Preto; and while they are semi chewy, they don’t have nearly the leather-like tough skin of its Preto cousin... it is well deserving of its 10/10 rating.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture was growing it in the beginning of the 20th Century and it was trialed at The Maryland Department of Agriculture. In both places it was the most precocious cultivar in their trial, but the size of the fruits was not big enough to be selected for Commercial production.

In checking the historic weather data for the area were this fig grew for over 60 years, it looks to me this fig has experienced temperatures as low as minis 18 degrees Fahrenheit, in 1984. Research suggest the fig was planted some time during or right after world war II, in the Columbia Maryland area. Every country or rural family in very cold parts of the country, should have at least ten plants of Marseilles Black VS, for a reliable supply of figs through out the year.

Marseilles Black VS is a (FAN) "Feed a Nation" plant". Bug resistant, disease resistant, a heavy producer, and easy to grow. Marseilles Black VS, has a slight mulberry flavor. But, yet enough fig flavor, to make it a recommended cultivar by us. This year our potted plant started ripening breba figs, about August 10th. What a pleasant surprise, as for taste. Our maybe three foot potted plant has about 50 figs on it, and still the breba figs taste good, our breba crop figs were about 30% bigger than main crop figs.

Robert Harper in Connecticut: Discovered by an American World War II veteran, in Europe. If it is shielded from late winter and early spring sun, it may able to survive minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit, in a protected location, once it has matured (5 to 7 years). At least the American mother tree has withstood that low. New all around fuss free standard for cold hardy figs, for the north. We think this may be the zone 6a fig, for the beginner who wants great tasting figs without having to winterize, once it becomes mature, and is planted in a protected location. Produces good tasting figs here with less then 6 hours of direct sun light a day. Also, has produced well in cold wet ground. But, it does not like cool rainy spring weather. Our test figs were in the ground for three years, before they produced decent tasting figs. But, well worth the wait, for a fuss free cold hardy fig. Has a figgy tasting profile similar to Sal’s EL, and Hardy Hartford. Zone 5/b/5a??

Pedigree
Condit Monograph

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Family
Hardy Chicago
Sub Family (New)
Type
Common
Collection
Non-Carica
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Availability
High
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Beginner
High
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Origin
France

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Main Crop

Main Season
Early-Mid
Main Earliness Rating (5=early, 1=late)

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Main Yield
Excellent
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Main GDD
2205
Main Ripening Days
75
Main Primary Flavors
Berry, Figgy, Sharp Berry
Main Additional Flavors
Main Primary Flavor (New - In Process)
Main Secondary Flavor (New - In Process)
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Main Fruit Size
15-30g
Main Seed Crunch
Moderate
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Main Skin Thickness
Average
Main Eye Opening
Small
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Main Eye Description
Main Fruit Drop Resistance
Average
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Main Split Resistance
Average
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Main Rain Tolerance
Average
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Main Uses
Dried, Fresh
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Breba Crop

Brebas?
Yes
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Breba GDD
Breba Flavor (Difference from Main)
Breba Primary Flavor (New - In Process)
Breba Secondary Flavor (New - In Process)
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Breba Ripening Days
Breba Fruit Size
4-Large
Breba Seed Crunch
Breba Skin Thickness
Breba Eye Opening
Breba Eye Description
Breba Fruit Drop Resistance
Breba Split Resistance
Breba Rain Tolerance
Average
Breba Uses
Breba Additional Notes

Breba crop figs about 30% bigger than main crop figs.

Climate

Vigor
High
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Cold Hardiness
Excellent
In Ground Zone
5+
Produces After Die-back
Excellent
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Rooting Ease
Excellent
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Container Adaptable
Excellent
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RKN Resistance
Average
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FMV Resistance
Excellent
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Additional Notes

Very hardy, has survived (dieback extent unknown) -18 F.  Resists rain well. Can fruit 1st year after ground dieback.

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