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Fig 'Cape Black'

Ficus carica

Coffee fig (Eng.), Kaapse swartvy (Afr.)

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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

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Cuttings
Mak
Seed
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;

Special features

Geography

Origin
Middle East and Western Asia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Leaves and fruit are edible. Fruit is used fresh, dried or preserved.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
pink-red, Purples
Scent
Mild

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