St. Peter’s Fig – Italian Heirloom!
We have Mrs. Toni Vattovaz, an avid fruit-grower in Tallahassee Florida, to thank for this old Italian fig. Its original home was within sight of Mont Vesuvius and Mont Blanc, near the Volturno River in the Abruzzo area of Italy. Toni’s father, Dominico dePaolo, brought the fig to America back in about 1989, and it grew for years in one half of a wine keg in Illinois, where it lived out the winters in the garage. Finally it made its way to sunny Florida where it has been much happier. She describes it as a big brownish-green fig blushed with mauve, with a pink interior. It was Toni’s grandfather who called it St. Peter’s fig, although she doesn’t know why it was called that. Toni said it ripens beginning around her birthday, June 13, and continues fruiting through the summer. Fruit ripens mid June-August. Zones 8B-10.