I love figs. Fresh figs with cured meats like prosciutto, with yoghurt, or just looking beautiful on a cheeseboard. I love dried figs as well. So when I spied “fig” trees several months ago at weekend markets, I was intrigued, but my brain said they couldn’t possibly grow in our weather. Or could they? It turns out we have dozens of native varieties of “figs” and trees like the Banyan or Balete are cousins of sorts to the classic mediterranean figs I like to eat. So at the Centris market today, where I only went to buy some herbs so I had just one basket of light veggies in tow, I decided to check the fig tree seedlings out…
…and ended up buying three to take home. I sure hope these are the figs that I like to eat, and that they will thrive in our yard, but I remain a tad skeptical for now. The leaves sure look terrific, and these ones actually have small fruit already on the trunk, which is a good sign, I suppose. But I would be utterly ecstatic if these turn out to be true-blue delicious, soft, seedy figs!
I am sending two of these trees to the beach house in Nasugbu, because everything I read seems to point to liking a seaside location, the sun, the relative lack of attention and care, and erratic water supply. Keep your fingers crossed on this one, as if we have an abundance of fruit a decade from now, I will gladly share some with you. But as a back-up, even if they don’t fruit properly, I still get to use the beautiful leaves to garnish cheese and fruit platters, and as a last resort, if someone steals my underwear, I can always grab a fig leaf to cover up the family jewels. Hahahaha. :)
P.S. The trees were PHP800 a piece ($18) which I thought was rather reasonable. And i could have gotten larger ones for the same price, but they wouldn’t fit in the car… If you have experience growing figs in the Philippines all the way to the fabulous fruit, please let me know and I would appreciate any growing tips as well. Many thanks!
See this old post of mine of a mature fig tree in Spain/Morocco, the leaves look almost the same!