Greenish brown skin, squatty, pale pink inside
Smells like a vegetable
Soft, some crunch from the seeds, threads, not appealing
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.
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.
Oh my…this is wonderful!
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.
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…
Huh, an heirloom that doesn’t taste great. Interesting. Just like grandma’s doilies….
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….
@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!