Tiger figs are set to be a big hit this year, with more supply than ever before, said Kevin Herman, owner and president of Madera, Calif.-based The Specialty Crop Co.
“We’ve been learning how to grow them, and there have been some growing pains. The yields through last year have been disappointing, but we’re really excited because we think we’ve finally gotten it figured out,” Herman said.
“We have a really nice crop on this year, and should far exceed the supply we had last year,” he said.
Demand should match the increased supply.
Kurt Cappelluti, sales manager of Madera-based Stellar Distributing Inc., said after advertising tiger figs earlier this season, he got at least 15 e-mails from new clients who were very interested in the variety.
Last year, when supply wasn’t as much as growers had hoped, Stellar said demand was unbelievable.
“We sold out of every box. It just ran out of here,” Cappelluti said.
Brian Lapin, Stellar salesman, said the company expects to ship 400,000 packs of tiger figs this year compared to 100,000 last year, a number that makes up a significant portion of the company’s overall product mix.
“This year, 15% of our entire fig deal will be the tiger,” Lapin said.
Lapin also said this increase is unique to Stellar, so the tiger fig is still a relatively small percentage of the overall crop.