Figs are such a wonderful food.  I think they taste best when fresh-picked.  The tree is dense and their leaves are large.  For those of us that live in a colder-weather climate, fresh off the tree figs means a lot of work to keep a fig tree healthy during the bitter cold winter months.

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Yes this is a fig tree

Why do we wrap the tree in at least three layers (temperatures are in Fahrenheit):

 

A wonderful ritual of spring is unwrapping the many layers from our fig tree.

The final result is…..a bunch of branches.

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Early April freshly unwrapped fig tree

But worry not, we will check back in each month to show you this wonderful tree.  And if when all goes well we will find this on it (pictures are 2016):

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Ripe fig on the tree (apologies for depth of field)

And make a wonderful plate that looks like this:

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Plate of delicious fresh-picked figs – presented with a sprig of rosemary.

Having a fig tree in a cold weather climate is a lot of work, but well worth it.  My preference is to eat the fig right from the tree, but other tasty things I have done include:

  • Make tarts out of them
  • Cook them with chicken breasts and black walnuts 
  • Soak them in whiskey for 2 nights

 

Final thoughts, fig leaves are typically 5 – 10 inches long and 4 – 7 inches wide.

“Figs are high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and B6.”   

Figs also taste really good.