Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. Figs can be eaten fresh or dried, and is also used in jam-making.

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Growing

Sun: Figs require full sun all day to ripen palatable fruits. Trees become enormous, and will shade out anything growing beneath. The trunk and branches are unusually sensitive to heat and sun damage. Roots are greedy, traveling far beyond the tree canopy. Figs are not a fruit tree for small places. In coastal climates, grow in the warmest location, against a sunny wall. For container grown plants, replace most of the soil in the tub every three years and keep the sides of the tub shaded to prevent overheating in sunlight.

Soil: The fig can be grown on a wide range of soils; light sand, rich loam, heavy clay or limestone, providing there is sufficient depth and drainage. Sandy soil that is medium-dry and contains a good deal of lime is preferred when the crop is intended for drying. Highly acid soils are unsuitable. The pH should be between 6.0 and 6.5.

Irrigation: Young fig tees should be watered regularly until fully established. In dry western climates, water mature trees deep