Figs are In

My urban orchard lives in the shade of a jacaranda tree so harvests are delayed due to the deprivation of sunlight.  Here I have been waiting for the figs to ripen.  At the end of last year, that is the beginning of our summer, a few fruit from the previous season’s wood (a ‘breba’ crop) teased my palette and promised a bumper crop this year.

Yesterday I had three figs for breakfast. One was just ripe; juicy but bland.  One was at its peak and perfect.  The last was past its prime; split, caramelised by the sun and tasted like candy.  Too sweet but it reminded me that a glut of figs may be dehydrated or made into jam though so far I have far too many volunteers to wolf them down fresh to think of preserving them.


Today I picked six.  Not all of them were perfect; I have to share my figs with birds and possums and other wild life that favours them. Alas they seem to be everyone’s favourite.  Fortunately my two largest trees (both Black Genoa, mother and daughter) have produced a couple of hundred fruit so there should be enough for everyone.  I am happy if I can go out and eat my fill every day for three months or so.  Fortunately they don’t ripen all at once.  Other figs in the orchard will provide until May.


From the dried wound I guess that a bird pecked at it before it’s ripe


The rest of the fruit was perfect



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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13 Responses to Figs are In

  1. angela1313 says:

    I grew to love figs living in California. Given how eucalyptus took over when brought in, the climate must in the Monterey Bay area must be similar to yours. I’d love to have lemon and fig trees again.

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  2. taphian says:

    Gosh, it looks so yummy, I love fresh figs

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  3. When you are harvesting and eating your figs, life is good

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  4. Cloud Walker says:

    Wow they look delicious!

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  5. robert okaji says:

    Mmmmm. My mouth is watering.

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