Black Ischia

Black Ischia

A fig variety known to us under many names. One of several figs in different colors, attributed to the island of Ischia off of Naples and supposed to have been introduced from there to England by Philip Miller (1691-1771), curator of Chelsea Physick Garden, through his network of contacts in Italy. These varieties are not now found on Ischia. Brought from England by California Nursery Company (1865) and offered by them for many years, it survived in the orchard of Joe Massidda of San Jose, who called it by the polyglot but apt name Petite Negri. We recovered it and found it valuable as the only true dwarf fig and made it available during the 1980s. From us it went to Michael McConkey of Virginia, who grew Petite Negri under contract to Burpee Seed Co., thence to home growers across the nation. We have since identified it with the Black Ischia of the USDA Repository.

Resembles Violette de Bordeaux in leaf and fruit, but produces a fair breba crop and is of unmistakably reduced vigor. Most valuable as a fig for growing in containers or under glass where figs cannot otherwise be grown. The main crop is the more valuable, fruits smaller than 'Black Mission' but resembling it in color and shape.
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