Figs are small deciduous trees with large leathery leaves. The Cape Black fig is a small edible fruit with purple to black skin. The flesh is dark straw coloured. Figs were cultivated from biblical times
Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick before they are fully ripe. Green figs are often used to make green fig preserve - pick those early summer
Sowing time - Winter; Spacing - 6m; Sowing depth - take long 30-40cm cuttings and put a third to half under sandy soil; Germination time - 1-3 months;
Middle East and Western Asia
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Leaves and fruit are edible. Fruit is used fresh, dried or preserved.