[nafex] Figs: Brown Turkey vs Celeste

Joe Boles jobo at istar.ca
Tue Sep 12 21:02:31 EDT 2000

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I purchase one of each variety two years ago and am growing them in pots.
Both are doing well and producing figs. If mine were labled wrong  I would
not know it as I have nothing to compare them to. The leaves of the Blue
Celeste have long fingers compared to the Brown Turkey. The figs from the
Brown Turkey ripen three weeks earlier than the Blue Celeste and are a
little smaller.

Hopefully this helps rather than adding to the confusion.

Joe Boles
Mississauga, Ont., Canada
jobo at istar.ca

vbgarden at aol.com wrote:

> Hi, NAFEXers!
> I'm looking for opinions on identifying characteristics of Brown
> Turkey and Celeste fig trees.  We've received stock at the nursery
> that we are convinced has been mislabelled.
> I've got the info from AJB's talk at the Charlottesville conference,
> but am looking for additional ID suggestions from anyone who is
> growing both varieties.
> Depending on the location of the original wholesale nursery, we've
> got stock that came in (unexpectedly) labeled as Eastern Brown
> Turkey, Texas Brown Turkey, Vern's Brown Turkey, Celeste, Blue
> Celeste, Hardy Celeste.... you know the drill.  Obviously we expect
> that all of the BT are just that, and all of the CEL are just that --
> we're not too breaking out special divisions at this point {although
> I am very interested in folks' opinions on these regionalized sub-
> varieties or cultivars).
> My problem is that I'm convinced, looking at fruit and
> characteristics (this is a huge quantity of very young stock), that
> we've been sent Celeste as Brown Turkey and vice-versa.  I don't want
> to use any of this for propagation or sales until I've got them
> straightened out...that is how these mistakes get continued in the
> industry.
> I'm up for any determinations, insights, intuitions you've got.  Any
> ideas will be MUCH appreciated!
> Frustratedly,
> Sybil Mays
> Paradise Nursery, Virginia Beach VA
> VBGarden at aol.com
> www.paradisenursery.com

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