Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our First Figs

We mentioned in this post how we transplanted several fig trees from my grandma's yard this spring. Looking back on a photo of the tree below when we first got it in the ground, I am amazed at the growth we've seen so far in just the past few months!


I was really hoping we'd get a few figs this first year, but I wasn't expecting a huge harvest. When we saw several tiny little figs appear on the branches earlier this summer, we were overjoyed! We watched them grow each day until finally, they were ready to harvest.


I'm not sure what type of figs these are (Grandma doesn't know either) but they are delicious! I eat every part of the fig, skin and all. I knew these were ready to pick because the fruit was tender to the touch and the figs came off the branch with just the slightest twist.


There really are few things better than pulling a warm, ripe fig off your tree and taking that first bite. These figs were sweet, but not too sweet just yet (I suspect they will get even better as the tree matures).

Grandma's fig tree has turned into more of a giant bush actually, but we plan on pruning ours each year to train them to grow as trees. I can't wait to see our trees grow in the years to come and hopefully produce lots of delicious figs for us!

~Tammy

PS - By the time you read this, I will be out of town through the rest of the week. I have my post scheduled for Friday, so don't forget to check back in for your weekly dose of feathered friends! I can't wait to catch up with you when I am back in town next Monday.

I also wanted to let you know that I am participating in a new series with five other bloggers called Homemade Living. Each Wednesday three of us will write a post for the series, then the following Wednesday the other three bloggers will publish their posts. My first post in the series will be next Wednesday, July 31, but in the meantime please check out the other bloggers participating (Meg, Staci, and Amber are posting this week) to see how they have integrated homemade items into their lives!



Meg @ Little Homestead
Staci @ Life At Cobble Hill Farm
Amber @ Making a Home
Daisy @ Maple Hill 101
Mary @ Homegrown on the Hill

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29 comments:

  1. How nice that the fig trees have found their way to your place and are thriving! Safe travels.

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  2. Wow! Why did I think figs were tropical - ooops? I love fresh figs! Enjoy your trip - I'm looking forward to your new series!

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  3. my grandparents had a fig tree. i don't like figs but i like fig newtons :) congrats on your bounty!

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  4. That's awesome that it's growing so quickly!

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  5. have never tasted a fresh-picked fig.

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  6. How nice to have these yummy treats right in your own backyard! Have a great vacation.

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  7. Your figs look so good! I enjoy them on a cheese plate, broiled or grilled. They are healthy too:) Enjoy!

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  8. Good deal getting figs already, they look delicious! Let us know if you find out what kind they are. :)

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  9. I recently acquired what I was told is a fig tree.. but I don't think it actually is, unless it is a very different variety. I've been studying up on them a LOT in recent weeks.. so it was fun to see yours' today!
    How exciting is that awesome growth!!

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  10. Oooohhhh I'm so jealous-- cannot WAIT until we have a fig tree bearing fresh figs!

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  11. The family's homestead fig from gram is bearing figs ....great job in taking such good care of it.
    Have a great time while your gone, I'll check in Friday and we will look forward to exciting news Monday :)

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  12. They look delicious! I recently found a mystery tree growing on our land that is producing some type of fruit. I am anxious to see it as it develops and find out what it is!

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  13. How exciting! We too are having several firsts this year.

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  14. This is seriously exciting! My littlest (Sydney) is OBSESSED with figs and I rarely buy them because they are so pricey. Maybe we should invest in a fig tree! These look delicious! Is there anything you can't do my friend? Great job!

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  15. Ooooo! Two things to be excited about: figs and another blogging series!

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  16. I think figs are so pretty inside. When we lived in Greece there was a huge fig tree just over the fence; we could reach a couple of them. :-)

    ~ Kathi

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  17. Oh yay! Those are some nice looking figs, too. Now I am inspired to buy some from the farmer's market :)

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  18. That's awesome you got figs the first year after planting it!

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  19. This is so exciting! I wonder what zone you're in now. My uncle has a fig tree he brings inside every year over winter. To eat them, yum.

    Have fun on your trip!

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  20. Tammy, I am glad your fig tree is doing so well. And great news you are able to pick the figs already. I have never tried a fresh picked fig. Have a great trip!

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  21. Wow! that's just great Love Figs , it's doing so well. Safe Trip Tammy.

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  22. Hope you have a safe trip. Enjoy the figs!

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  23. I can't believe how well they're doing! Wonderful!

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  24. Some people around here try to grow figs, but they either have to bring the whole tree in for the winter, or bend it over and bury the top for the winter. I would love to have a fig tree. Yours is beautiful!

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  25. Your own fig tree - fantastic - some great ways to use figs!

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  26. Oh how I LOVE fresh figs!! Lucky you that you've got them growing & producing. :)

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  27. Oh man this is so exciting and they look delicious! Drooling over here!

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  28. You are most fortunate to have a fig tree. My grandparents lived in So.Cal. and had a green-fig tree in their back yard growing next to a spring. Your figs look exactly like theirs. The tree gets huge and the figs are quite large when the tree gets older.
    My grandfather's geese would roost in the branches of the tree and eat the figs when they were ripe. The tree produces a lot of figs.
    My grandmother being of French decent would glace' the figs every Summer. That is a method of boiling the figs in sugar syrup and flattening them (stem end up) on a pie plate and allowing them to dry in the sun. The process was repeated daily for a two wks. they were wrapped in waxpaper and stored in the freezer until Christmas at which time we would receive a few in our stockings. They are true Sugar Plums. This method works well with most stone fruits.

    Mrs. J.

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