My Number One Fig: Black Genoa

I have ten varieties of figs and the first two, the Black Genoa and the White Adriatic came to me as sticks smaller than pencils.  I potted them and kept moving them up into larger sized pots as time went by.

The Black Genoa was first to fruit (four years later?); that’s why it’s Number One.  It also deserves the title because it is the biggest, sires more saplings, bears more fruit and boasts the biggest fig of them all: a palm size gem, a luscious feast for breakfast.


Thriving under the jacaranda

I tried to photograph the tree this morning.  It was nigh impossible because of its size, my size and the inadequacies of my iPhone5.  From its home of a 60cm pot, it risees into the sky (how high?  I can stand under its lower branches and couldn’t touch the top even if I step on a 3 step ladder) and spreads itself (how wide?  I can take two leaps under its shade) across my tiny courtyard, under the jacaranda tree.

I hang my orchids on the fig tree to weigh the branches down so that I can reach some figs easily.  I try not to climb ladders too often.

The eldest of BG’s ‘children’ is already is as big as its mother, because I stuck it in the ground at the back corner of my property and it grew and grew.  Now the neighbours are harvesting figs from their side.

They make the new year special.  Still green now but as the year ends ripe figs will announce another crop of edible flowers – that’s what figs are, bags full of buds in their centre.  Every year a number of rooted cuttings also leave my orchard and bear fruit for friends.  That, perhaps, is the best harvest of all.


Loaded with figs at the moment



About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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20 Responses to My Number One Fig: Black Genoa

  1. in says:

    Wow, 10 kinds? I only have 1 and it seemed to take forever to have fruit. Great job!

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    • Mary Tang says:

      All fruit trees take time to fruit, depending on their age when you planted them. The sure thing is to buy a fruiting tree :) My first two came in pencil size and took years too.

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      • in says:

        Back home on Guam, we don’t have many gardeners/nurseries that sell fruit trees that are here in the Stateside or in Asia, unfortunately. Just island fruit trees. So I am considering buying plant bulbs that are sold in the garden stores here. Hopefully, they will grow okay. Thanks for the tip, Mary!

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  2. taphian says:

    Can you imagine, dear Mary, that I even have 11 different kinds of figs on my field in Greece? Unfortunately I’m only there in September to taste the kind that is ripe then. But great that you have so many figs, too. Do you make jam from figs? I love it with plain joghurt. Hope you are fine, Mary, have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  3. A veritable fig farm

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  4. Jan Schaper says:

    Such a wonderful garden you have, Mary! Thank you for sharing this story of faith, generosity, and abundance!

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