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Episode 73 Figs

Though I’m a bit of a beginner to growing figs, they hold a lot of intrigue and romance.  They are not really supposed to grow well in a good portion of the US but I live in a transition zone where you can keep them alive with a little work.

The trees are really beautiful with unique leaves and great tasting fruit.

But I admit, part of the draw is the history of this great tree which goes back thousands of years and involves many major religions.

So tune in today:

*As I dissect the long and storied history of the fig tree.

*Find out how the fig tree figures in many prominent religions.

*To hear about how to keep the fig tree alive in certain climates.  This is best article about burying the fig overwinter that I’ve read. 

*To find out how to propagate new figs-pretty easy but neat!

Fig Fact Sheet – Purdue University

7 comments to Episode 73 Figs

  • Happyturtle04

    how large of a container do you use for your potted figs? I love figs, but living in MO, I am told, I cannt grow figs!

  • Hey Jason, I really enjoyed this podcast. A couple things I wanted to add. I’ll probably write about this in more detail on my blog and link to you tonight, but for now here are my tips about figs.
    1. I read here http://cheesemakinghelp.blogspot.com/2011/04/making-rennet-from-fig-sap.html last week that the milky sap of a fig tree can actually be used for rennet to make milk turn to curd. Pretty cool eh?

    2. Wanna know a great way to eat dried figs, dip them in tahini and hold it with a half of a walnut and crunch down on all three together, it’s a great way to eat them. My wife is Turkish and that’s how she grew up eating them.

    Look to see some pics on my blog soon.

  • Jason

    @Happyturtle – I don’t have any in pots yet. All of mine are in the ground. I would suspect a 12″ pot or larger would do decent. You might have to pot up in a year or two but that would at least get you well started. I wonder how far north in MO you are. The Chicago hardy fig is rumored to be hardy at least that far north. You might have to bury it “zombie style” like Timoti talks about in the link. But I’m pretty sure you could keep it alive. Hope that helps.


  • Jason


    That is great info.

    1. I love to make cheese but hated the fact that I’m tied to a mail order company for my rennet. I knew some rennet was vegetable based but never could figure out which vegetation. That is some of the best news I’ve heard. Now I don’t have to figure out how to scrape a calf’s stomach (BLEEHHH).

    2. Now you are just making me hungry. I’ll have to try that. I’m growing sesame this year as well if I can find room.

    Thanks a lot for your comment. I’ll look for your blog post and put it in the show notes. I still need to get a link up to your site in my blogroll as well.


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  • Hey Jason, I finally got around to writing my blog post about fig. Check it out here http://foreignperspective.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/figs-in-turkey/

    I hope the rennet idea works for you and me. I’m with you, something feels super “un-natural” about making homemade cheese when I have to mail order a bunch of little bottles of things that I don’t know how to obtain myself.

    I look forward to hearing how sesame harvest works out.

  • Jason

    Hey Jake, I appreciate that. I read up on the rennet thing a little more. I’m hoping it works. It seems there are a few other plants that one can grow as well for that purpose. I read your blog post and it just made me hungry. Now I’ve got to go find some tahini!

    Take care and thanks.


    (BTW-added your blog to my blogroll).