Fig

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The common fig is a species of flowering plants in the genus Ficus. The leaves of the fig tree are quite lovely — large, beautifully shaped, and generous in their provision of shade. The taste of figs is all honey-like sweetness with a subtle hint of berry. Figs are a great source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A and K.

Varieties:

  • Chicago Hardy (Zones 5-10)
  • Celeste (Zones 6-9)
  • Olympian (Zones 6-10)
  • White Marseilles (Zones 6-11)
  • Brown Turkey, GE Neri, Kadota, Magnolia + Violette de Bordeaux (Zones 7-9)
  • Beer’s Black + LSU Purple (Zones 7-10)

Care Instructions

Fig trees prefer 7-8 hours of full sun during the growing season. These plants require well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. In areas with dry climates, water fig trees deeply at least once a week. Once established, figs can be very drought-tolerant.

Recipe

Fig Recipe

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Fresh Fig Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup chopped fresh figs

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix sugar + shortening, add beaten egg.

3. Sift dry ingredients + blend with mixture.

4. Fold in figs + walnuts.

5. Drop by spoonful on greased baking sheet.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.