I can’t begin to tell you how ready for spring I am. I came across this picture in my tear files and it didn’t help any. I planted a 4-5′ Brown Turkey Fig (Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’) in the display gardens this fall and I can hardly wait to reap its bounty. The fruit doesn’t ripen till late summer and fall but the plant has a lot to offer before that. Figs large lobed leaves make a really bold statement in a garden and lend almost a tropical feel to the space.
There are other figs that can take a little bit of cold, but if you are north of zone 7 this is the cultivar I would recommend. It prefers moist but well drained soils and it isn’t a bad idea to mulch in the crown of the plant with leaf mulch. There is so much buzz around local food and growing for yourself; I think this is a really great thing. A ‘Brown Turkey’ Fig would be a great start to a collection of edible fruits in your garden.
For consumption you can eat the as they are right off the plant and they are wonderful. I also like to cut them in half and put them on a hot grill for 30 seconds to a minute. Take them off the grill and place a thin slice of fresh mozzarella on top and then drizzle with a high quality Balsamic; it is amazing.