Martinenca Rimada Fig Tree
A highly sought after fig for its beautifully striped skin that starts the season out looking very much like a Panache fig and then changes to a veritable rainbow of red, yellow, and purple stripes until fully ripening and settling to a deep purple with very subtle or completely hidden stripes. Ripens a very small amount of breba figs followed by a late season and prolific crop of deliciously striped, ornamental syconia. Martinenca Rimada has a much thinner skin than Panache and a richly flavored flesh colored a deep raspberry red. From tasting notes last year, we noted that this fig tastes more like a caprified fig than any common fig we’ve ever tasted. Something about it has that Old World fig flavor, very cinnamon spice combined with a rich berry reduction and, for lack of a better word, figgy flavor.
A vigorous grower for us, but usually requires a greenhouse to ripen in the North.
One of the easiest fruits to grow, and a true gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them (most of the time)!
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Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Figs do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fruitful.
Hardiness: Hardy to between 0° & 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-20 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Taste: Fig bliss
Fruit Skin: Purple with subtle stripes when ripe
Fruit Flesh: Deep red
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: Late September-November
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
Fig Mosaic Virus is a benign virus that exists in all cultivated fig trees. Yellow spotting of the leaves is a cosmetic symptom that shows more in container culture, but is quickly outgrown once trees are planted in the ground. The presence of FMV in all cultivated figs has become widely accepted, as even the national germplasm repository for figs maintained by the USDA has Fig Mosaic Virus. If the presence of FMV is a concern, then purchasing fig trees may not be the best option for you.
USDA Zone: 7, maybe 6?