Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Ed O’Rourke from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s propagated new fig varieties. After a hiatus, in the 1990s, selected varieties were officially released to the public by LSU. In the meantime, over decades, other LSU fig cultivars had been unofficially shared privately and spread by trade and sales. Some of these other LSU fig varieties include: LSU Improved Celeste, Scott’s Black, and LSU Red, among others. All of these LSU figs are high quality, and many are early ripening and productive, especially Improved Celeste and Tiger, also O’Rourke.