Fig Trees in the Koanga Institute Collection

Black and Batley Figs - Koanga Institute Collection Black Figs
Small dark skinned, pink-fleshed fig, creamy texture very sweet skin. An early fig, best for marginal areas that may experience cooler summer, ripens March. Only one crop per year. This fig is from the old orchards of Oratia. (the smaller dark figs shown in the photo are the black figs)
French Sugar
This is probably the sweetest of the figs with a very mild flavour.  A large fig with a creamy honey coloured centre and skin turning amber brown as it ripens. Early ripening, begins soon after Black before Hyndemans.
Hyndmans Fig - Koanga Institute Collection Hyndmans Fig
These are old figs from the early settlers around the Kaipara Harbour. Two crops if you don’t prune it – the first around Xmas, the next in March/April. Small figs with a purply skin & silky pink centre. Quite different from the Black Fig, I think this is the old Malta fig and they are very good for drying Ripen after the Black Fig.
McClouds Adriatic Fig - Koanga Institute Collection McLeod or Adriatic Fig
Pear shaped, green skin with a purple blush, purple inside ripe March April. This fig is from the old McLeod homestead which is still standing. One of the very earliest settlers homes in the Pouto area.
Pouto Sugar Fig
This fig is also from the original old McLeod homestead, Pouto. It is a very sweet fig, hence it’s name. An early Fig; small, pear shaped, reddy brown colour on one end with pale flesh.
From the old Waiatea Marae (see peach section for story). I have no idea what this fig is like however it’s obviously an original variety and a good survivor. And it holds the special dream of that place on the Kaipara.
These are also old figs from the Pouto area; these ones are growing around the coast below the Papakaianga. They are similar to the McLeod fig except they ripen two weeks later.