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figsFigs come from large shrub trees that can grow as tall as 30 feet. Every part of the fig,  skin, seed, and all, may be eaten. But avoid the green parts of the fig tree – the sap irritates human skin.

In Georgia, figs can be harvested multiple times towards the end of summer, specifically July and August.   They are commonly sun dried and then may be eaten year round.

Check this out: figs were one of the first plants cultivated by humans. Even before we were planting wheat or legumes, humans were chewing on sweet, healthy figs. Here’s a varied and interesting page on the “Sensuous Fig.”

Nutritional facts

Figs are very high in dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese.  The potassium of the figs can help to lower blood pressure while the high amounts of fiber can help you to lose or maintain a healthy weight.  Fruit fiber has also been shown to reduce rates of postmenopausal breast cancer. Figs also contain calcium, which can help develop and protect strong bones.

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Planting

Here’s a video, recorded at the ALFI/Georgia Organics fruit tree sale, with tips for selecting, planting, and caring for apples, pears, figs, pawpaws, plums, persimmons, and pomegranates, courtesy of Mark Dunaway, senior horticulturist with Ed Castro Landscape, Inc.

And if, when you buy your fig tree, with bare roots, you’ll need to follow Mark’s planting advice here.

Figs grow on trees so planting is a onetime thing. The best way to begin growing a fig tree is to find a mature fig tree and cut off a budding branch in the spring and plant the shoot moist fertile soil and the shoot should take root and you will have a clone. They also grow best in a warm climate where they can be harvested more than once a year.