Baby figs, such as Ronde de Bordeaux, are relatively new on our shelves, and have been pioneered as a product by South African growers with M&S. This is an excellent way to snack on figs as each is bite-sized, and, being fully mature, though small, are packed with real flavour.
This is the main variety being used in South Africa, and is delicious when fully mature: a small, round, almost black, fig with sweet, red flesh. It is an early-fruiting variety, a bifere-type with a weak breba crop, and has good resistance to cold conditions.
Names: Ficus carica ‘Ronde de Bordeaux’.
Quality: Figs should be fully coloured for maximum flavour and sweetness: an attractive, velvety dark purple. There should be a minimum of light coloured areas as these indicate slight immaturity. Don’t buy any figs that look dull or have brown or grey lesions on the skin.
Origin: Ronde de Bordeaux is named after the Atlantic port in France where it first became well-known.
Grown In: France, USA, South Africa
Harvest & Availability:
Mid-January to February: from South Africa