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Post  Cajun Cappy on Sat 25 Jun - 18:04

We are very excited to have picked a few ripe figs today.  Here is a post I made with how to pick them how to can them and 2 old family recipes for these wonderful fruit.  If you have never had old fashioned canned figs you really need to try them.
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-beginning-of-fig-picking-season.html
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Post  countrynaturals on Sat 25 Jun - 19:07

@Cajun Cappy wrote:We are very excited to have picked a few ripe figs today.  Here is a post I made with how to pick them how to can them and 2 old family recipes for these wonderful fruit.  If you have never had old fashioned canned figs you really need to try them.
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-beginning-of-fig-picking-season.html
Home grown canned figs are the absolute BEST thing EVER, served with cream cheese, of course. AWESOMELY DELICIOUS! cheers Our little trees are loaded this year, but not ripe, yet. We now have 4 trees producing and 3 more babies to plant. There is no such thing on Earth as too many figs. Wink
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Post  Cajun Cappy on Sat 25 Jun - 19:24

So true, they make great gifts too.  Family loves getting them and they remind them of a simpler time Smile
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Sat 25 Jun - 20:04

Not in the mix for us northerners. I have had fresh figs from the store, but like anything else, no comparison to homegrown! drooling
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Post  FeedMeSeeMore on Sat 25 Jun - 20:07

Thanks for the fig making video. I can't wait for my little tree to make some. We got a marked down container last year and put it in the ground last year. I love cream cheese too, countrynaturals! Sounds like a great combo.
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Post  Cajun Cappy on Sun 26 Jun - 8:13

I wish you and your tree luck.  In our experience fig trees are great survivors.  As you can tell from our recipe our canned figs are a sweet preserve and great with hot biscuits.
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Post  countrynaturals on Sun 26 Jun - 10:42

@Cajun Cappy wrote:So true, they make great gifts too.  Family loves getting them and they remind them of a simpler time Smile
We have a waiting list for rooted cuttings. Cool When our daughter moved away from the property with the mother tree on it, one of her friends "stole" one of her young, planted starts. It's now a treasured tree on their property.  Shocked I guess we're black-market fig tree dealers.  rofl
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Post  countrynaturals on Sun 26 Jun - 10:46

@FeedMeSeeMore wrote:Thanks for the fig making video. I can't wait for my little tree to make some. We got a marked down container last year and put it in the ground last year. I love cream cheese too, countrynaturals! Sounds like a great combo.
Our first fig tree was a rooted cutting gift from our daughter. We raised it in the house, where it happily gave us 2 luscious figs the first year. The poor little thing only had a few leaves, and we had no idea how to take care of it, but it gave us fruit anyway. I love you
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Post  Ginger Blue on Sun 26 Jun - 14:28

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Not in the mix for us northerners.  I have had fresh figs from the store, but like anything else, no comparison to homegrown!  drooling

SR, I'm in southern NH, zone 5a, and came across two varieties which will grow here: "Chicago Hardy" and "Brown Turkey."  I plan to purchase them next year and grow them in containers, to bring indoors during the winter.

Stark Bros has a feature on their website to indicate which varieties will work in your zone, by zipcode; if you'd like to check them out:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/fig-trees

When I was a kid, we always had a tree in our yard.  Fresh or stewed, figs were a summer favorite of our family; it will be great to have homegrown ones, again!

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Post  CapeCoddess on Sun 26 Jun - 15:24

Ginger blue, where you at kid in New Hampshire? If so where your trees planted in the ground? I have 1 Brown Turkey fig tree in a pot and couple of her babies are planted in the ground. I have yet to have a fig. I know I need to bring the pot in and out but it's just too darn big.

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Post  Ginger Blue on Sun 26 Jun - 19:47

@CapeCoddess wrote:Ginger blue, where you at kid in New Hampshire? If so where your trees planted in the ground? I have 1 Brown Turkey fig tree in a pot and couple of her babies are planted in the ground. I have yet to have a fig. I know I need to bring the pot in and out but it's just too darn big.

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No, CC, I grew up in Arizona.  The trees thrived there.  I love figs enough to try growing them here, but in containers, to start.
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Post  CapeCoddess on Mon 27 Jun - 13:48

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@CapeCoddess wrote:Ginger blue, where you at kid in New Hampshire? If so where your trees planted in the ground? I have 1 Brown Turkey fig tree in a pot and couple of her babies are planted in the ground. I have yet to have a fig. I know I need to bring the pot in and out but it's just too darn big.

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No, CC, I grew up in Arizona.  The trees thrived there.  I love figs enough to try growing them here, but in containers, to start.

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Post  sanderson on Tue 28 Jun - 12:51

Fresh figs and our famous dried figs!!  Being a Mediterranean climate, figs were planted in abundance round Fresno.  Brown paper bags were hung in each tree with some kind of wasp. As the City grew north, one residential zone was called Fig Garden!  Dried figs are great and if I had trees, I would cut in half and sun dry in the outdoor dehydrator box.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Tue 28 Jun - 12:54

@sanderson wrote:  Brown paper bags were hung in each tree with some kind of wasp.  

Huh? Shocked You mean you hung a bag with a wasp in it on the tree? To what end?

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Post  Cajun Cappy on Tue 28 Jun - 14:13

With 2 days with afternoon thunder showers today we picked a big bowl of figs!!! they really produced.  It's hot with thunder rumbling so we hadda quit picking before we got them all.  With this kind of figgy production we will soon have enough to can a batch.
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