It is the premium variety today for consumer packs. The fruit is medium-sized, egg-shaped. The skin is dark red to purplish; the flesh is sweet flavored, smooth, non-porous and golden yellow. The drying ratio commonly averages about 3:1, fresh to dry. The pit is small, smooth, flat, and long-oval. Harvest maturity are mid-season.
Fruit is very large when trees are normally cropped and is oval with nearly equal halves, and has dark reddish skin. Trees are upright growers and are extremely vigorous when young. They are capable of bearing heavy crops. Trees bloom about a day or two later than do French trees and are harvested about ten days later. The drying ratio approaches 4:1. Most profitable when used in specialty packs and fresh market shipments.
Tulare Giant(USPP #12224)
Best suited for the fresh market. It is large in size, often twice the size of French. It has an early date of maturity, ripening in mid July in an average year. The fruit is dark purple to almost blue in color. The use of this cultivar for drying is limited—large pit size, drying time that exceeds twenty hours and tendency to bleed and slab.
Blooms 10-14 days before French. Slightly smaller fruit size compared to French but very uniform.