Fig watch

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Last year, our fig harvest consisted of exactly one fig. Our friend Alison happened to be visiting when it ripened, so we split it three ways.

Fig number one

This year, our Brown Turkey fig tree has twelve figs on it. Although we expect to lose some to varmint or mishap, this year’s crop should still be multiples of last year’s. I’m hoping for an order of magnitude. If that’s a trend we can sustain, we’ll be fig magnates by 2015.

A couple of the figs have just started to soften and darken. The fig watch begins.

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Comments

  1. You probably already know about the fascinating life cycle of the fig wasp. If you don’t, be sure to look it up because it’s… well… fascinating. :-)

  2. Looks like an onion. I love figs. Figs are quite popular in this neighborhood where first Italians and then Greeks dominated and planted figs, but now no group can claim a majority and the figs are still here, in the trees, in the fruit markets. A flower not a bulb, I guess. If I plant one in a pot will it grow?

  3. ‘Round here people use fruit bags over fruits and branches to keep the parrots and possums at bay. With only 12 figs, could this be a help? Right now the Galahs are eating the green peaches from the tree. I pick off another 1/2 chewed one each day (why can’t they eat the whole bloomin’ thing!)

    (googled a link with photos, this is not an endorsement of the shop in question)
    http://www.greenharvest.com.au/pestcontrol/exclusion_prod.html#PE150

  4. David — I do know about it, and I can’t find a better word than fascinating.

    Goose — Good question. I don’t know whether you can grow a fig tree from a fig, but I’m guessing it might be hard. Get a seedling from a nursery, and put that in a pot. Figs like being in containers — just bring it inside for the winter.

  5. My favorite way to eat figs… stuff them with blue cheese and wrap in prosciutto… and grill/broil… yum!

  6. Kingsley, your comment went to spam, which is why it’s taken a while to appear here. Given that there are only 12 figs, I’m figuring I could construct a scaffold for each one, and build a frame around it. So far, though, the varmints don’t seem interested. I’ll see how it goes as they ripen.

    I’m sorry about your peaches, but what on earth is a Galah?

    Melissa, that sounds wonderful. If a fig is good, I have no alternative but to eat it as is. If it’s not quite A-one, I’ll poach it in anise liqueur with a cinnamon stick.