A century ago, the premier dried fig in California, now sadly forgotten in the rush for foreign novelties. White Adriatic is too an introduction from abroad - for centuries, grown in the neighborhood of Rome as a dual purpose fig, for fresh market and for drying, as 'Verdone.' From Italy it travelled to England, from there to both South Africa and to California, where it became the leading dried fig, but also outstanding in warmer Bay Area climates as a fig for fresh eating. Many of those trees are still to be found. When the riddle of caprification had been solved, the Calimyrna fig displaced White Adriatic as market leader for drying, and it slowly vanished from orchards and nursery catalogues. It is our first recommendation as a dessert fig in this our climate too cool for Smyrna type figs.No breba crop. Very productive of pale green fruits with heavy waxen bloom; tending to turbinate form. Flesh color of strawberry jam and about as sweet, luscious. Long ripening season of two months. Tree dense and vigorous.