@Redsun and others… thanks for the recommendations on another fig for me.
I watch the youtuber millennial gardener quite often because he is in NC (just east of me)… but he is more on the coastal side than mountain side… His climate is similar to mine, and he gets a LOT of rain late summer and fall (which can be a problem here too)… luckily not so much this year, but in the past yes.
I have had my CH fig loaded with ripening fruit and get a 4 inch rain… and well you know what that does… He has that same issue… 4-5 inch rainfalls pretty regular when his figs are ripening.
He did a video recently on his top 5 figs for rain resistance… and reliable fruiting in his location.
1… Orig Celeste — he said his never split, even with 5 inch downpour.
2… Chicago Hardy (I have this one).
Now the first 3 he listed above he described them as very common, easy to get, less complex flavor, but very dependable, early, great performers, reliable croppers and cold hardy.
On the Olympian I have heard him describe the taste several times a Peaches/Honey… and he said in this video that he has no other fig that taste like it, it is unique in that flavor profile.
He said he gets 60-100 gram figs off it (nice size), reliable, large, great performer, cold hardy, less likely to split and sour (with rain) than most of his other figs.
4… Smith… now he said this one has a more complex taste, top tier fig, high end complex flavor, early and rain resistant (not the best on rain resistance, but not bad either). The fruit ripen fairly quick and if you can get a week with no thunderstorms you will get some very good top tier tasting figs… he described the flavor as Strawberry/Jam, syrup…
He also said that Smith is a Adriatic FIg… You all were mentioning some AF varieties earlier… and I was considering them… but you were also trying to find earlier varieties (and some are later)… but sounds like Smith is a AF variety, and per millennial gardener (In NC) it is somewhat early for him… so should be for me too.
Lastly he mentioned a new variety for him…
5… Colonl Whitmans Black Cross… as having a very tight eye. He showed pictures of the fig after a 5 inch rainfall… and the eye was very tight. He said this one was new and he was sort of still trying it out but he could not believe how tight eyed it remained after 5 inches of rain, no split, 60 g fig… and Top Tier Taste. I am not sure how Cold Hardy this variety might be… he was growing it in a container.
I will grow mine in ground… but cut them back for the winter and protect a couple feet of trunks.
Sounds like I may have to try an Olympian… even though it is not a Top Tier complex flavor fig… it does taste different than most others, and definitely different than my CH fig… (Peaches/Honey) Lots of other good qualities, dependable cropper. large fruit, quite rain resistant, very cold hardy.
And perhaps I need to add a Smith as well… to get one of those Adriatic Fig varieties… (Love Strawberry flavor).
I may have Too Many FIgs… but that is a pretty nice problem to have.