The fig is mentioned in the Bible many times and is included in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden. In fact, it is a figure in the founding of quite a few great religions, and included in Greek mythological literature. The Texas Everbearing Fig is one of the most popular figs available and for good reason. It's soft, sweet bell shaped fruit is a favorite in cooking, and it can survive at lower temperatures than other members of the genus Ficus (fig). The fig's flesh is amber to pink with dark mahogany-purple skin, and is delicious for fresh eating as well as for jellies, jams, cookies, cakes and dried fruits. They are also a healthy addition to any diet, and are a good source of magnesium, cooper, iron, calcium and potassium. The attractive shrub to small tree has large, shiny 3 to 5-lobed leaves. It grows to 10 feet tall and up to 12 feet wide. Delicious fruit aside, this is a gorgeous landscape plant! Figs are self-fruitful, unlike apples or pears, so only one fig is needed to produce fruit. Figs need full sun and well-drained soils to grow well. The pH should be between 5.5 to 8, and they grow best in USDA zones 7 through 11. The Texas Everbearing Fig begins producing a light crop of figs in May, then bears more heavily in June through August. Figs should be left on the tree to ripen for the best flavor. Protect your tree with bird netting or other bird deterrents because birds love fig nearly as much as we people do! Deer also love the sweet fleshy fruits.