The Black Genoa is a mid-season fig with a red to black skin and red pulp. Figs are grown from ancient times and valuble food source that has become popular in the modern day, although it does not have a long shelf life.
For juicy sweet figs, let them ripen on the tree. Pick as soon as it is ripe in late summer, otherwise spoilage and souring will occur. No matter what variety you grow, wear gloves when harvesting, as the sap in the stems can be a skin irritant.
Make long (30-40cm) cuttings and root in sandy soil mix.
Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.
Named after the Italian Mediterranean island of Ischia where this variety originated.
Soil PH preference
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Fresh, dried or preserved!
Keep a look out for the Fig Stem Borer, an insect that can live inside the stem for up to 3 years! Open up any little holes with excretion to make sure the nymph is not living inside and kill if found.