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Sari Lop
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see also Calimyrna


Erbeyli, Lop Injir, Calimyrna


Turkish fig. This was the primary variety name used by Condit for what is now commonly called Calimyrna.


(syns. Lob Injir (or Ingir), Erbeyli, Calimyrna, Aidin). Name from sari, “yellow ,” and lop, “delicious.” See accounts by Eisen (1901, with frontispiece illustration), Roeding (1903, with color plate), Trabut (1904, 1923), Samson (1906), Mills (1914), Rixford (1918a), Borg (1922), Davis (1928), Hagan (1929), Burger and De Wet (1931), Mann (1942), Condit (1920b, 1923, 1933, 1947), Condit and Baskaya (1948), Ozbek (1949), and Tamaro (1948, as “Esmirna”). See also, Condit (1941a, figures 2, J, 3, and 6.)

This variety has been grown in the Meander Valley of Turkey for several centuries; introduced into California at various times; first commercial planting made in 1886 by Mr. Fred Roeding and his son, George, at Fresno, but no crop secured until 1900 after the successful introduction of blastophagas. “Calimyrna” was the result of a $25.00

prize offered by George C. Roeding for the best name for the variety as grown in California. Trabut and Mann both report the variety unsuccessful in Algeria.

Trees vigorous; habit of growth upright (plate 1), with prominent nodal swellings on older framework branches (plate 4). See Condit (1933, figs. 8, 10, 11; 1941a, figs. 15, 16). Leaves above medium to large, mostly 5-lobed; upper sinuses deep, of medium width, lower shallow; base truncate to shallowly cordate; upper margins shallowly crenate, lower entire; upper surface dull; leaves on sucker wood with much narrower lobes and deeper sinuses. (Plate 13.)

Breba crop fair in some seasons; called Yel Injur, or “wind figs,” in Turkey, according to Hagan. Brebas large, pyriform, with prominent neck; color golden yellow; pulp amber, almost seedless; flavor insipid.

Second-crop figs large, up to 2-1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches from base to apex, oblate-spherical; neck thick, short, and flattened; average weight 70 grams; stalk short; ribs narrow, elevated, rather prominent; eye large, open (as illustrated by Condit, 1941a); scales chaffy, dingy straw color; surface somewhat glossy, with delicate bloom; white flecks inconspicuous, masked by yellow; color golden yellow to light lemon yellow, attractive; meat white, 1/8 inch thick; pulp amber to light strawberry; flavor rich and sweet; quality excellent, both fresh and dried; seeds numerous. According to Ozbek, the seeds of Sari Lop average 708 per gram in number. Season medium. Main defects are large eye, and tendency to split in unfavorable weather. (Plates 8; 11; 12; 15, C.)

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