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Old 11-02-02, 08:23 AM
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More Fig info... there are four types [not varieties] of figs:

Common Fig
These figs develop parthenocarpically (without pollination) and are by far the most prevalent type of fig grown in Texas. The fruit does not have true seeds and is primarily produced on current season wood. Varieties recommended for Texas are of the Common Fig type.

Caprifig
The Caprifig produces a small non-edible fruit; however, the flowers inside the Caprifig produce pollen. This pollen is essential for fertilizing fruit of the Smyrna and San Pedro types. The pollen is transported from the Caprifig to the pollen-sterile types by a Blastophaga wasp. Commercial growers hang baskets of Blastophaga-infested Caprifigs so that the wasps can effectively fertilize the fruit. Caprifigs were grown successfully at Del Rio before 1901.

Smyrna
The Smyrna fig varieties produce large edible fruit with true seeds. The Blastophaga wasp and Caprifigs are required for pollination and normal fruit development. If this fertilization process does not occur, fruit will not develop properly and will fall from the tree. Smyrna-type figs are commonly sold as dried figs.

San Pedro
This type of fig bears two crops of fruit in one season--one crop on the previous season's growth and a second crop on current growth. The first crop, called the Breba crop, is parthenocarpic and does not require pollination. Fruit of the second crop is the Smyrna type and requires pollination from the Caprifig. Breba crops are produced early in the spring on last season's wood. However, the second crop of the Smyrna type may fail to set because of lack of pollination from Blastophaga and Caprifig. This second crop fruit drop frequently discourages homeowners.
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I just tried some Fig Newmans tonight. They are of the Newman's Own brand. They were delicious and made with organic figs. I'm not sure how much of the other ingredients were organic though. Plus I like the whole thing about Newman donating all the proceeds from his products to charity.

Give 'em a shot. They might even be better than the classic from Nabisco.

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We used to get Newman's salad dressings at the store, and I really like them but no one carries them anymore. Too bad!
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