If you looked at my yard and garden, I would probably deny that years ago I completed the Master Gardener program. It's more to save face for the MG program than myself, lol. However, I still love getting my hands in the dirt and watching things grow. One plant that I found that's super easy to grow and gives a great reward is the Brown Turkey Fig tree.
I purchased this fig tree at Lowe's about 5 years ago. It started as a small plant about a foot tall and has grown quickly to a huge fig producing monster. We are in Zone 7 here in Tennessee and the fig tree has done very well here. Just make sure you plant it in a spot with future growth in mind. I planted a Rose of Sharon on each side of mine and will now have to relocate them.
The tree has a very pleasant smell all summer long. It actually smells even more fragrant right after the first frost that kills the foliage. All that's left after the frost are tall bare branches. I cut these back to the ground each winter. New shoots will grow every spring, producing more and more figs.
While this season's figs are still green, the picture above is from last fall.
Fresh figs are great but I prefer to dehydrate them. They taste just like a Fig Newton cookie! I also made fig preserves last fall for gift giving. I'll be sharing that recipe later this fall when the figs ripen.
I hope you give figs a try. They are super easy and yield a lot of fruit.
In the meantime, here's a fresh fig recipe to whet your appetite!
|Southern Living Recipe|
- 4 ounces chopped cooked bacon or country ham
- 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped toasted pecans
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 12 fresh figs
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Toasted baguette slices
- Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together bacon or country ham, softened goat cheese, finely chopped toasted pecans, and chopped fresh thyme. Cut figs in half. Press back of a small spoon into centers of fig halves, making a small indentation in each. Spoon bacon mixture into indentations. Bake on a baking sheet 7 minutes. Drizzle with honey. Serve immediately with toasted baguette slices. Southern Living AUGUST 2010
I hope you feel inspired to give growing figs a try. Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
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