And now for the first bounty of my hard work in a piece of land where i recovered some abandoned fig trees.
The full story was posted a couple of years ago in figs4fun - Fig Safari and Rescue
The younger tree by the Moscatel branco strain had kept me curious for the last 2 years. It seemed like a tree that grew spontaneously. I have never been able to sample a single fig from the main crop and at one time i even considered the possibility of it being a caprifig.
But the Breba crop always seemed impressive. The problem was, i have never sampled a single fig. Last year i had high hopes for what i saw.
Big brebas were forming and i protected them with plastic hard nets.
When i got there, not one had survived. The nets were all broken by birds and not a single fig survived. Very disappointing.
The small trees i had rescued from the base of the mother tree (post 6) were still too small to give me any figs so i had to wait.
This spring the pruned mother tree was again full of brebas. Unfortunately i was not able to protect them and when i returned to the site, one month after taking the next photos, they were all gone.
A huge disappointment, but we have to live with them so i let it go.
It was only a couple of weeks ago, when watering my fig trees in pots that i spotted a ripe "Da Vinha Velha (Unk)" breba, almost fully mature.
Although it's an unknow, i gave it the name the piece of land is known for - "Vinha Velha" - so "Da Vinha Velha (Unk)"
I guarded it like a hawk and this weekend i was able to sample it.
I had a couple of other very good brebas first (Cuello de Paloma and Lampa Preta, i will post on them later) and i was ready for a disappointment, taste wise.
First fig of a small unknow tree, probably bland from being watered one time a week to full pot capacity, so the trees can survive all week.
All i could say, tasting one fig half was Whow!!
Now i understand why the birds don't leave any figs on the tree and break through plastic nets to get to them. Wonderful tasting fig. And this one was half the size of the ones i saw on the mother tree in early June.
I gave the other half to my wife and i couldn't avoid a grin of pleasure when i saw the reaction to the fig taste on her expression. She also was very impressed with the taste, especially considering it's a breba. She even compared it to my Preto de Torres Novas, the fig she likes the best (and that's a main crop fig).
This small fig has already payed in pleasure all the hard work i invested on the site.
A few more photos, including the mother tree (to see the leaves and the main crop forming)