The Solitary Fig


Well, my Fig tree has one Fig on it. It’s a start! And everyone has to start somewhere, even a tiny Fig tree that in about 15 year time will dominate the garden (that’s the plan). But I’ll take one Fig. I fretted over whether to pick it (as you do when there is but one). And I observed it as it started to move from horizontal to the tree to more curved over like it was loaded with juice. Then yesterday I touched it to give it a squeeze and it came off in my hand. Now if ever there was a sign that it’s ready…

It tasted very fragrant, like the best fig flavour you can think of. But… it wasn’t very juicy. Almost dry. Maybe I let it go too long. Anyone have any nuggets of advice on Figs?

5 Responses to “The Solitary Fig”

  1. Southbourne Gardenson 06 Dec 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Such a beautiful thing to grow. I think successful fruit growing is a bit like the dark arts.

  2. eveon 08 Dec 2013 at 7:08 am

    In my experience, figs aren’t actually juicy. A good one is nice and heavy and dense, but still a bit hollow, with lots of tiny crunchy seeds. Yours looks like a beauty, and really a very late harvest. My figs, brown turkeys I think, fell off the branches at that first frost a few weeks ago (i’m about 2 blocks from you on 16th)

  3. bajanbillon 09 Dec 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I also just had my first fig and was hesitant whether to eat it like you. This is my first time growing figs and not sure how it would turn out. I love the taste of the fruit however and look forward to a good season. Good luck!!!

  4. Tanya Jacksonon 11 Dec 2013 at 7:29 am

    I have no advice on figs, but recently tasted a fig for the very first time and I really liked it. So good luck with your figs.

  5. Loraon 19 Dec 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I’d agree that they are not very juicy, but nor should they really feel dry either. The time to pick is when they have changed colour and the stalk bends over.