[nafex] Figs: Brown Turkey vs Celeste

Ray Givan raygivan at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 14 21:32:37 EDT 2000

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I think the easiest identifier is the eye color. If it turns red at an early
stage it is Brown Turkey. If it stays green until the figs begin sizing up
it is Celeste.


At 01:15 PM 9/12/00 -0000, you 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 
>I'm up for any determinations, insights, intuitions you've got.  Any 
>ideas will be MUCH appreciated!
>Sybil Mays
>Paradise Nursery, Virginia Beach VA
>VBGarden at aol.com

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