On this week’s episode, the guys talk about fig varieties and how to propagate new trees from existing ones. They talk about the different flavor profiles that can be present in a given fig variety. These can include berry, honey or sugar. Berry figs have more of a strawberry or fruity taste and tend to have a purple or red pulp. Honey figs have a caramel or molasses flavor and tend to have a golden pulp with yellow skin. Sugar figs have a basic, sweet sugary taste with a slight tannin flavor and will have a brown or amber pulp and dark skin. All fig varieties can be a combination of any of these categories, so the flavor scale is more of a continuum than a specific classification. Greg talks about open-eye versus close-eye figs and mentions how the close-eye trait is an adaptation that protects the figs from insects and makes the fruit more palatable. Travis mentions that figs are parthenocarpic, meaning they don’t require fertilization to produce fruit. The fig, in fact, is simply an collection of unfertilized female reproductive organs. They also discuss the work done at LSU where many improved fig varieties have been developed over the years and released to the public.
On the Show & Tell segment, Greg has a satsuma orange that he got from a neighbor’s tree. He explains that these types of citrus can be grown well in the deep south as long as the winters aren’t too cold. Travis brought a beet to taste test on the show. The beet is the Merlin variety, which has a very high sugar content compared to other red beet varieties. He also has a purple kohlrabi bulb and they sample that as well. Kohlrabi is a great vegetable that’s easy to grow and has excellent taste raw or cooked.
On the Q & A segment, they answer questions about drip irrigation and Greg’s hat. They explain the crops for which they prefer drip irrigation, and those that they prefer to use overhead irrigation. Travis uses more drip irrigation than Greg, so it tends to be a matter of personal preference with some crops. Greg mentions that his hat is a Filson. It is a waxed canvas which can get hot in the warmer months, but is the perfect hat for winter.