8 responses to “Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’”

  1. Katherine

    Medicinally, you can use the white sap from fig trees to cure warts. It was an old home remedy in Italy, and I remember seeing an Italian study a few years ago to test it. When you pick a fig or a leaf from the tree, you can see the white sap and you smear it on your wart, let it dry, probably for several days in a row. The study compared using the fig sap to whatever it is they use in a doctor’s office to dissolve a wart, and also to doing nothing. The fig sap worked almost as well as the official remedy, and much better than doing nothing. So those old Italian grandmothers knew their stuff!

  2. Elizabeth Revell

    Ah, how well I remember the fig tree in the back garden of my childhood in New Zealand … it was a marvelous climbing tree for a little girl: the tricky bit was getting down again. Then the cry for “Daaaddyyyy!” but only AFTER I’d eaten my fill of those divine fresh figs first, of course! And he wouldn’t get me down till he’d eaten a few himself … We never knew the variety; it was already an established tree in 1953. When I drove past not long ago, I think it was still there. The ripe figs were never more than green flushed pink, and the flowers inside were a warm pink, not dark red. Great days.

  3. Inland Jim

    Figs were ubiquitous growing up in SoCal. Not only was the fruit delicious and readily available at different times during the year, but the sap from plucked leaves also provided the forerunner of the current use of tattoos to disfigure one’s flesh. As tweeners we demonstrated our true love and manliness (or vice versa) by scratching our loved one’s initials into our skin and rubbing the scratches with sap. The scratches, of course, festered, scabbed over, healed, and left a forever scar of the initials. I’ve always been thankful that I had only one true love during that stage of my life.

  4. kathryn corbett

    The Old Fig Tree seems to be a nostalgia inducer. I grew up in the Sacramento Valley of California, with its Mediterranean climate. The fig trees were immense and very messy, as fruit-loving birds would peck at and dislodge the squishy fruit. The long limbs of the mature tree would arch to the ground, making a shady hide-out in the summer heat. The truly ripe fruit was like a tidy packet of jam. Gorging on too many might make the lining of your mouth sore. The Mission was the common, small black fig, while the Brown Turkey was favored for the size of the fruit and its beautiful coloring. The green Kadota always seemed too firm and not sweet enough. Fig trees emit their distinctive appealing odor even when the tree is not in fruit.

  5. Judy Sinclair

    Thanks very much for these great photos and all the information about the “Brown Turkey” Taisha. The comments are great too!

  6. Steve Edler

    Fascinating entry. As other correspondents note, fig trees always bring back memories. As a child I found it difficult to understand how something so exotic (to me) could grow in cold England.
    This side of the pond we would call your tree fan trained. Our espaliers have horizontal branches. We also have a popular belief that the roots must be confined for an abundant crop of fruit. Whether that is true or not, I have no idea.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    i am from the usa nabisco fig newton cookies the nice soft ones
    were part of my growing up days family fig lovers
    thank you i enjoy when a certain bot a day invokes memories
    the past its fun to share thank you all

  8. Eleanor Ryan

    We have a brown fig tree in Eugene OR which produces figs yearly. The second crop and the largest is often killed by early frosts. The first crop served with yogurt and honey is a delight.
    We are always puzzled about the best time to prune back the rapidly developing branches.Ideas. Eleanor

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