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Du Roi
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Described by G. S. (1869), Barron (1891), Colby (1894), Shinn (1893, 1903), Forrer (1894), Eisen (1897, 1901), Price and White (1902, with figure), Starnes (1903), Starnes and Monroe (1907, with figure), Woodroof and Bailey (1931), and Blin (1942).

Du Roi is a good example of a variety which was once tested and received high praise, but failed to become established. Very few accounts of it are found in horticultural publications of England. However, it was included in the ‘Chiswick collection from that country as P.I. No.18,843, and tested widely by the California Experiment Stations. Shinn reported in 1893 and 1903 that Du Roi was considered the highest-flavored fig grown, especially in the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley; trees suffered severe winter injury at the Tulare Experiment Station. Eisen regarded it as one of the very best figs, and stated: “It cannot be too highly recommended, and will no doubt become one of the most extensively grown figs in California and Arizona.” His illustration shows four specimens that are pyriform and of medium size. Colby gave a short description of figs grown at Tulare, and analysis of the fresh fruit. Price could not have had the true Du Roi, for he represented the Texas-grown fruits as small and dark purple. Starnes described specimens from three different sources in Georgia, and illustrated one; the trees were found to be extremely productive, with fruit continuing to mature until frost. In spite of its early promise, Du Roi has apparently been lost completely from collections of fig varieties in Georgia and California. Description is from that of Eisen; apparently only one crop.

Figs above medium, round-pyriform, oblique, with swollen cheeks; ribs few, slightly elevated; neck short, variable; eye large, with amber scales; color pale bluish green; pulp amber, streaked with rose; texture fine; seeds many, minute. Quality excellent, both fresh and dried.

Barron (1891) described it as “small, roundish, pale yellow.”

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