Hardiness: Zone 8B - Needs frost protection here in Seattle
Type: Unifere common fig that does not need to be fertilized by a caprifig
Fruit Ripens: Late October - November
Fruit Color: Black and red pulp
Taste: Mind Blowing! Intensely rich strawberry
Fruit Weight: 53 grams - Medium sized
Through the last couple of years I've purchased Black Madeiras from various sources. The tree from KK produced for me after a couple years in 2016. It was worth wait because a ripe Black Madeira is one of the best figs you will ever taste!
Crazy about Black Madeira
Originally brought over from the Island of Madeira in Portugal to California over 50 decades ago the tree has become legendary amongst collectors for it's amazing taste and richness. It adopted the name Black Madeira when it reached California, characterizing the color and where it came from originally. It's known as Figo Preto on Madeira Island, which means Black Fig. Violeta is a more ancient name of the fig in other parts of Portugal.
How to recognize a Black Madeira fig
Leaves: The leaves can be one lobed or 3 lobed with NO cankles. This leaf below is the typical shape.
Black Madeiras are slow growers, probably because so much of it's energy goes into the growing it's fruit. The slow growth and it's difficulty to root creates high demand and tends to drive it's prices relatively high. If you get a cutting and it's shoots out a ton of growth, you probably have been scammed.
Some of my cuttings took literally 6-8 months to root and leaf out.
Conclusion: If you do not have a Black Madeira. Get one!
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