Top rated in the Pacific Northwest and coastal California. There’s nothing like a fresh fig, especially if perfectly ripe and dripping with nectar (see blossom end of above photo). Other Comments Regular price. This fig is so delicious we sometime call this fig the Dessert King! Margaret Mathisson recently e-mailed asking if anyone here had suggestions for helping her preserve her bumper crop of Desert King figs. The Calimyrna is yellow, that's why many of the types from UC Davis are yellow. Ceratosolen capensis the pollinator of Ficus sur on a finger to illustrate the small size of fig wasps. It is vigorous and requires pruning to maximize a good production of figs. Of all the varieties fruiting in the collection at Riverside, the King is unexcelled for the production of brebas. Leaves medium, 3- to 5-lobed; base subcordate; lateral sinuses broad, shallow; upper surface somewhat glossy, rugose; margins shallowly crenate. Copyright © 2021 Fig Database. At least you are certain of a harvest. Sale price. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/accessiondetail.aspx?1002401, http://planetfig.com/cultivars/fcveng8588.html, http://figs4fun.com/Info/Info_Desert_King.html, http://seattlegardenfruit.blogspot.com/2018/07/taste-review-of-desert-king-fig-breba-7.html, https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-home/333430-my-first-desert-king-breba-fig-really-sucked, http://seattlegardenfruit.blogspot.com/2015/07/fig-of-week-3-desert-king.html. Any questions please ask. (Plates 12; 16, B.) A bountiful crop of desert king figs growing in the South East of the UK. Upon planting Desert King in the north, most thought there was no way it would grow in the cold north. $24.99 In Stock. It's easy to grow as well! Choosing plants that grow and thrive in your particular climate is the very first step toward having a beautiful garden . Stay away from Brown Turkey if possible. The Calimyrna fig is the most predominant commercial variety there, but it requires a fig wasp to ripen, since then UC Davis has been breeding many common types to replace the Calimyrna. This is reliable with large fruit. The Desert King fig tree is a reliable producer or large, jammy, strawberry flavored figs. A large fig with dark green skin and pink flesh. The desert king fig tree would be an excellent choice as it is very easy to grow. Sweet and rich. If you had to grow just one fig and you are in PNW then you must grow a Desert King. Grantham’s Royal is a San Pedro fig just like the famed Desert King so it creates a large breba crop but requires the fig wasp’s pollination in order to produce a second crop. Desert King was found growing wild, sometime between 1920 and 1930, in Madera, California. In Watsonville it produces both breba and main crops but the breba is far superior in size and quality. 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