Fig-ment of the imagination?

Nope, this is my first fig from the fig tree variety Brown Turkey planted in a pot a couple of years ago.


Thought it was ready when the skin went a bit brown and viscous-looking so picked it and it was sweet and gorgeous.  I’ll probably repot it and hope for more figs next year.  Little figlets are growing now in the nodes of the leaves but I doubt they will come to anything this year.

I’d only ever eaten tinned figs until a visit to Nicosia and a stroll around the garden of an old merchant’s house (we’d been to see No Man’s Land between the Cypriot and Turkish borders and needed some shade as the temperature was high 30’s).  The garden was lush and there were cicadas singing and lizards basking on the low branches of trees and shrubs.

One of the attendants offered me a fig straight from the tree.  It looked as though it was covered in green velvet.  I peeled it and bit into the soft inside – perfect rosy-carmine fruit with a sweet but not sickly flavour.  I was hooked.

This year, the fig was ripe at the same time as the beginning of the Victoria plums. It will be interesting to see if the fruit season is as early – and successful – in 2012.

‘Course, now you can buy figs in supermarkets.  Nothing much is special any more, except perhaps Durian fruit.  You don’t see them in Waitrose ….  yet.



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4 Responses to Fig-ment of the imagination?

  1. Sophiescott196 says:

    There’s nothing quite like producing your first fruit 😀

  2. IsobelandCat says:

    Gosh, doesn’t fruit you’ve picked from your own trees taste the best? And I love figs. My mother used to talk about a fig tree here in Northern Ireland when she was a girl. But I don’t know where it was.

  3. valzone says:

    Super photographs, super fruit, I want one now.

  4. janh1 says:

    It’s a bit special. You tend to make the most of it properly 🙂 I had no idea that you could even grow figs in this country – I mean it’s not something I’ve noticed in other people’s gardens. Just shows what’s possible. Got to make the most of global warming, I suppose! 🙂

    It might even be possible to grow a banana tree outside in some areas….?

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