Osborn Prolific Fig

September 22nd, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you are the kind of person who eats things like spirulina, brewer’s yeast or liver, because you like it and not because you have to for some reason, then this is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Greenish brown skin, squatty, pale pink inside

AROMA Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Smells like a vegetable

TEXTURE Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Soft, some crunch from the seeds, threads, not appealing

TASTE Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Not very sweet, bland, blah

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This is the first fig I have ever tasted raw and I am not impressed – if I didn’t have six more kinds of figs sitting in front of me, I would never try another one based on this. So dull.

FRUIT

Fig

VARIETY

Osborn Prolific

PEAK

August

ORIGIN

Origin

Unknown

GROWN

California

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market

NOTES

This is an heirloom fig variety. The Osborn Prolific Fig is also called Osborne’s Prolific, Arachipel, and Neveralla. Growing notes.
Fresh figs do not keep well and can be stored in the refrigerator for only 2 – 3 days.

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  • Melinda Oct 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my…this is wonderful!

  • Susan Oct 23, 2009 at 8:23 am

    You have a green fig there, Dear. Green as in unripe, not in color. A ripe fig can change your life. That’s why I eat them–but I’m still waiting. Figs are one of the most fragile and quick-to-spoil of fruits, hence the steep price. In the Mid-West & East, there are actual cults of fig growers who go to great lengths to winter-over their trees, frequently burying the tree in the ground & insulating with leaves. It is said that if you could grow only one fruit tree in your yard, it should be a fig. They are transient & transcendent, but only when ripe.

  • Fruit Maven Oct 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

    You could be right about that Susan. Some of the other figs were much much better. In fact I am in love with the Panache. Review to come…

  • FruitForTheFruit,Nuts... Feb 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Huh, an heirloom that doesn’t taste great. Interesting. Just like grandma’s doilies….

  • Bob Wallace Mar 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Another opinion seen on the Garden Web.

    “Another East Coast opinion – but I definitely can give Osborne Prolific rave reviews. It’s one of the best tasting figs I have. It has a very fine, melt in the mouth texture, moist but not juicy pulp, indescrible flavor – not “figgy”, but deeply complex and sweet. ”

    Perhaps your experience was something like that of a girlfriend when I finally talked her into trying a raw oyster. She cut it two, put it in her mouth, and instantly spit it out.

    I tried the other half and spit it out just as quick. I’d never before encountered a rotten oyster….

  • Fruit Maven Mar 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    @Bob – Love that oyster story. I have since found some other figs that I have definitely enjoyed – the Panache and the Christmas fig come to mind — although even at their best, I think I’m just not a die hard fig lover. I will give the Osborne Prolific another chance this summer. We will see!

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