This singular fruit was the darling of Renaissance banquets and upon it were founded mealtime disquisitions and university lectures upon freaks of nature by Aldrovandi and later naturalists, who attributed it to the grafting of two unlike species of fig, with this as their progeny.We now know that the Panachee fig is a spontaneous mutation of the Bourjassotte Blanche, having observed it to sport back to its parent in the orchard here. Now sold as "Tiger Fig" in America, its origins apparently date back to Roman times. The stripes are not limited to fruits, but to branches also, which resemble certain striped bamboos. The leaves however are plain green. Fruits are virgate, alternating stripes of green and yellow; flesh is a deep blood red, sweet and richly flavored. Main crop only, which is among latest (October) to ripen for us. Tree slow to reach full size.