[NAFEX] Oiling figs; searching Pomona?
bassem at gardener.com
Thu Sep 10 10:25:44 EDT 2009
Oiling figs is a very common practice in the middle east. The vendors who
are so eager to have their figs first in the market will oil their figs
at the end of june or begining of july. They get up to 2 to 3 weeks ahead
than the average ripening time. I have tried oiling here in Pennsylvania
with varied success. I have applied olive oil using cotton on the outter
skin. The fig have to be almost full size, and the weather has to be
warm. Some may apply oil at the end of summer, that will work only if the
sun is still sharp enough to warm the oil on the fig. Bass Samaanzone 6,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Moyer"
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] Oiling figs; searching Pomona?
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 21:37:25 -0400
Miekal wrote:"Oiling was recommended here a few years back. I tried
it on some, a few ripened & most didn't. Perhaps I needed to have
done it earlier. What I didn't like is even the smallest amount of
oil was still present to the tongue..."
Did you consider something other than used motor oil?Seriously, we
have used food grade oil successfully on Hardy Chicago for years.
Olive, Canola, Corn, etc. Brings them in several weeks earlier in
late Sept and early Oct, and in mid-late Oct to first hard freeze,
ripens many that would not otherwise. I only oil those that that are
full size, with a cotton swab, trying to apply just enough oil to
seal over the tiny, closed eye. This apparently traps the ripening
hormone ethylene in the fig, and promotes ripening. But it's at least
a week before we eat them after oiling, sometimes more. If too early
in the season, they ripen too close together. Did your oil enter
inside some figs with an open eye? Ray Givan, NAFEX Fig Interest
Group Coordinator, has evaluated a number of figs re: their response
to oiling. Can't remember where I read that, I think he published an
article in Pomona. Some figs were responsive and others not. Hardy
Chicago also responded well under his conditions. Ray welcomes
questions through his website: http://nafex.org/figs.htm Richard
MoyerZone 6, SW VAPicked Korean Giant pears and first Mammoth Black
Twig apples today. Jujubes just starting to ripen.
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