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Biblical references establish the fig as the earliest form of clothing! In Polynesian myth, the first fig tree grew on the moon, the fruit fell to Earth when Hina the moon goddess accidentally dropped a branch of the delicious fruit. In Ancient Greece, those who informed on illegal exporters of figs for reward were known as sykophantes (from Sykon ('fig') and phainein (to show)) which is where we get the word sycophant from.
Keeping a figs root run restricted will ensure bumper crops and this can be achieved by planting your fig tree in a pot under the ground. The branches can be trained into an attractive fan shape against a sunny way to ensure your fruit receives lots of sunshine in order to ripen fully. When the fruit is swelling in the summer ensure that it receives a regular water and if you are feeling particularly generous a high potash fertiliser such as a liquid tomato feed will be greatly appreciated.
Nothing can be beat picking fresh figs, still warm from the sunshine. A bumper crop of figs can be easily enjoyed so that even in the darkest winter months you can still enjoy a little taste of summer. Simply cut the fruit in half and lay skin side down onto a baking sheet, then gently dry for about 12 hours within the oven with the oven door slightly open on the lowest setting possible. In the unlikely event that we have a particularly dry, warm summer they can be dried outside. Your figs will keep well in the freezer and when removed will last for a couple of weeks.
When you start to notice little cracks appearing on the skin of your fruit you know it is fully ripe but be quick because neighbouring birds will be only too happy to help themselves so cover your tree with netting to prevent theft.