After surveying the data for the 700+ cultivars in Condit’s monograph I decided the color descriptions were somewhat general and an update was needed, esp. for figs in circulation today (many of those listed in the monograph are lost).
Here’s some examples of 400 pulp colors I’ve catalogued so far. The process has been to “semi-automatically” extract pulp regions from viable photos, then sort the colors in the extracted image for visual verification, and then compute the central color among them (geek note: central feature computation with Euclidean distance in LAB color space). The color names shown here are the “nearest” color matches of the central color to a list of named colors from Crayola, HTML, and Legacy color palettes.
To date I have not done any comparisons of photos from cultivars grown under different conditions or levels of ripeness. At present I am working on photos catalogued by Jon Verdick at Encanto Farms: http://figs4fun.com/Varieties.html
Caprifig skin and pulp colors observed by Condit and those he cited. First color is skin, second is pulp, lines connect nearest color pairs and are not proportional to distance. Numbers in parentheses are # of cultivars with that color pair, otherwise single names are given. Data only available for specific spring and winter crops.