Figs have deep roots in ancient civilizations that revered this bountiful tree. The Greeks thought figs to be sacred and associated them with love and fertility; and Romans believed figs were a gift from the god of intoxication, Bacchus.
Most figs are balmy Mediterranean varieties, but the Brown Turkey Fig is the exception. This cold-hardy type features the finest qualities of a traditional fig, but it endures winters that would devastate most other fig trees.
For those of you enamored of home fruit production, figs will delight you with two crops of fruit per year. The first crop is small (referred to as the breba crop) and arrives in late spring or early summer. Later, your main harvest ripens in early fall and is considerably larger.
The fruit is medium to large in size, and sports a reddish-brown skin tinted with a deep purple hue. The meat of the fruit is a deep pinkish-red and of excellent quality when it comes to the various fig varietals.
Hint: Never pick your figs green, and always let them ripen fully on the tree before picking for the sweetest and richest flavor.
Fig fruit contains a higher quantity of fiber than any other dried or fresh fruit you can buy. They are super healthy and are a great source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and iron. There is even some evidence that figs are beneficial in defending against breast and colon cancer.
Dried for a sweet holiday snack, eaten fresh off the tree or cooked and canned as delicious fig preserves, this fruit should not be missed. A tantalizing and easy appetizer can be made by wrapping a piece of prosciutto around a fig with a slice of blue cheese on top.
The Brown Turkey Fig can be considered either a small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub (referred to as a “trub”) decided only by the way you choose to train it.
The Turkey Fig is as versatile as it is attractive. With a mature height of anywhere from 10-25 feet, this plant is as comfortable in a container as it is in the garden. Just remember, this goddess worships the sun and performs best when positioned to enjoy a full day’s worth or sunny rays.
Brown Turkey Fig sports beautiful deep green leaves that are large and a bit bristly on both sides and provide interesting texture in the landscape.
Take a history lesson from the ancient gods and order your Brown Turkey Fig today!