Hasn't this been a strange year for fruit trees? Every year is different, but this one is more different than most. In my orchard, some later season peaches bore quite early (Babcock is bearing already!), and some early season peaches look to bear quite late. The apple harvest was down from last year, and the Annas got mushy even before they took on their pink blush. On the figs, not much of a breba crop from any tree but Desert King.
Desert King hasn't been one of my favorite figs. It was one of the first I planted, and the tree itself is extremely vigorous. It soon became the biggest fig in the orchard, and during a couple of winters I even tried to prune it back.
The disappointing thing about Desert King is that, although it has lots of figs, they never really seem to ripen fully. Although a very few of the fruit seem to ripen to tastiness, most of the fruit remains tough with a latex aftertaste. Yet I've read testimonials as to what a great fig Desert King is.
Somewhere I read that Desert King is a smyra-type fig, which means that it should bear edible brebas, but the main crop won't be edible unless it's caprified. I've never heard of anyone in Arizona caprifying figs. (If you haven't heard of caprification, I can explain at some point in the future.)
But this year (2011) Desert King had a wonderful, juicy, delicious breba crop--dark green fruit with pink centers; sweet but not cloying. The tree was very prolific as well. The birds got over half the crop (the tree is far too big to net), but there was plenty for all.
Alas, Black Mission--no breba; Brown Turkey--just a few breba fruits, but these were practically fist-sized and delicious; White Genoa--an unusually small breba crop that, unfortunately, mostly soured. I had one large breba fruit from the Improved Brown Turkey--I usually have much more. Black Jack usually has great big breba figs, but was bare this year, but perhaps because the acacia tree now shades it.
Still, I'd think twice about planting Desert King in Phoenix unless you have a lot of room for a big, vigourous tree, and can tolerate a lot of time between edible crops.