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The Smyrna fig was brought to California in 1881-82 but it was not until 1900 that the wasp was introduced to serve as the pollinating agent and make commercial fig culture possible.
Large-scale fig producers in California spray ethephon to speed up ripening and then wind-machines are drawn past the trees or helicopter overflights are made to hasten fruit drop, thus shortening the harvest period by as much as 10 days in order to avoid impending rain and insect attack.
Fig trees are prone to attack by nematodes (especially Meloidogyne spp.) and, in the tropics, have been traditionally planted close to a wall or building so that the roots can go underneath and escape damage.
www.hort.purdue.edu /newcrop/morton/fig.html   (3078 words)

  Fig - MSN Encarta
The small flowers of the fig plant are borne on the inner surface of a fleshy, hollow organ called a receptacle, and the fruit is the result of further growth of the receptacle.
To ensure pollination in fig orchards, flower branches of the wild fig are suspended in the vicinity of cultivated fig trees, a process known as caprification.
The common commercial fig is classified as Ficus carica, the sycamore fig as ficus sycomorus, and the pipal, or sacred fig, as Ficus religiosa.
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 FIG Fruit Facts
Origin: The fig is believed to be indigenous to western Asia and to have been distributed by man throughout the Mediterranean area.
Fig canker is a bacterium which enters the trunk at damaged zones, causing necrosis and girdling and loss of branches.
Figs for shipping are collected daily just before they reach the fully ripe stage, but yield to a soft pressure, usually indicated by small cracks in the skin.
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 WHFoods: Figs
Figs are lusciously sweet and feature a complex texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds.
Figs were later introduced to other regions of the Mediterranean by ancient conquerors and then brought to the Western Hemisphere by the Spaniards in the early 16th century.
These figs turned out to be inferior in quality to those that were imported from Europe, and it wasn't until the development of further cultivation techniques in the early 20th century that California began focused cultivation and processing of figs.
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Figs (Ficus) are a genus of about 800 species of woody trees, shrubs and vines in the family Moraceae, native throughout the tropics with a few species extending into the warm temperate zone.
Fig wasps grow in caprifigs; when they mature, they mate, and the females leave in search of immature figs to lay their eggs in.
Because of the peculiar form of the flower of figs, ancient Indians regarded the fig as a flowerless tree.
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 Ficus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fig wasps grow in caprifigs but not in the other because the female trees' female flower part is too long for the wasp to successfully lay her eggs in them.
The figs were grown some 11,400 years ago, and because they were of a mutation which could not reproduce normally, it is proposed that they may have been planted and cultivated intentionally, one thousand years before the next crops domesticated (wheat and rye).
Figs and other dried fruit were measured for their antioxidant content.
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Figs were introduced to England and Mexico in the 1500's, then the Eastern US in 1669, and to California in 1881.
Common figs were cultivated successfully throughout the Gulf states and California, but the Smyrna fig did not fruit until it was realized that a tiny wasp was needed for pollination, which was not native to California.
Fig paste is a mixture of figs, wheat and corn flour, whey, syrup, oils, and other ingredients, used in "Fig Newtons".
www.uga.edu /fruit/fig.htm   (851 words)

The second crop is borne in the fall on the new growth and is known as the main crop.
Fig canker is a bacterium which enters the trunk at damaged zones, causing necrosis and girdling and loss of branches.
Figs for shipping are collected daily just before they reach the fully ripe stage, but yield to a soft pressure, usually indicated by small cracks in the skin.
userwww.sfsu.edu /~jennc005/DAI527/CaliforniaCultivar/fig.htm   (1937 words)

 botanical.com - A Modern Herbal | Fig, Common - Herb Profile and Information
To such an extent, indeed, were figs a part of the staple food of the people in ancient Greece that there was a law forbidding the exportation of the best fruit from their trees.
The Figs are borne in the axils of the leaves, singly.
Fig growers therefore adopt an artificial means of ensuring fertilization: a small feather is inserted and turned round in the internal cavity, the pollen thus being brushed against the pistils.
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 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Ancient fig clue to first farming
Nine small figs, measuring just 18mm (0.7in) across, along with 313 smaller fig fragments were discovered in a house in an early Neolithic village, called Gilgal I, in the Jordan Valley.
After examining the figs, they determined that it was a self-pollinating, or parthenocarpic, variety, like the kind we eat today.
The figs were well preserved and found together with wild barley, wild oats and acorns.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/5038116.stm   (456 words)

 Fig Leaf Forum - Fellowship, edification and encouragement for Christian nudists and naturists
Fig Leaf Forum provides fellowship, edification and encouragement to Bible-believing Christian nudists and naturists through its publishing ministry, fellowship service and discussion board.
Fig Leaf Forum's publications are conservative in nature and intended for serious-minded Christians who wish to be part of a serious dialogue about Christian nudism/Christian naturism and related topics.
In print for more than twelve years, Fig Leaf Forum's newsletter has grown to be Christian nudism's largest postal/e-mail periodical.
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 XFIG, FIG and associated software
The FIG graphics format is a vector drawing format which can be used with programs such as xfig to produce simple figures for documents.
figbuild is a program which will take a FIG 3.1 or 3.2 file and a height file and create a three dimensional model for a program called Radiance.
Fig driver for S - also called sfig, s2xfig, or s2fig.
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 Fig (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
Figs were used medicinally (2 Kings 20:7), and pressed together and formed into "cakes" as articles of diet (1 Sam.
Yet when the Lord accepted its challenge and drew near, it proved to be but as the others, without fruit as they; for indeed, as the evangelist observes, the time of figs had not yet arrived.
3:12); (2) the kermus, or "summer fig," then begins to be formed, and is ripe about August; and (3) the pag (plural "green figs," Song of Songs 2:13; Greek: olynthos, Rev. 6:13, "the untimely fig"), or "winter fig," which ripens in sheltered spots in spring.
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Figs are indigenous to the area stretching from Anatolia onwards to India.
Figs are widely used, both fresh and dried or even dried and grinded.
Historically the fig tree is interesting being among the earliest fruit trees cultivated by man. The domestication of the fig tree goes back to pre-historic times.
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 K & W Farms, Inc. - History of the Fig
The use of figs among early Greeks paralleled their rise in the literature: when mention of figs was infrequent in the literature, fresh figs were a luxury of the rich.
Figs moved east more slowly than they moved west as they thrive in arid climates and are not suited to the humid tropics of India and Asia.
Fig culture was still unknown in the lowlands between the Tigris and Euphrates (Solms-Laubach 1885) by the time it had been highly developed in Iran, Armenia, and Afghanistan.
www.meccagold.com /history.htm   (3826 words)

 Fig Interest Group
Figs are easy to grow in warm climates, but produce their best fruit in Mediterranean climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
Figs that are completely dormant before severely cold weather arrives can tolerate temperatures down to 15 to 20° F with little or no damage.
Fig trees and fruit are sometimes attacked by a variety of borers, mealybugs and scale insects.
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 AllRefer.com - fig, Plant (Plants) - Encyclopedia
It differs from other genera of the family in that the hundreds of tiny female flowers are borne on the inside of a syconium, a fleshy fruitlike receptacle with a small opening at the apex.
The name fig is also applied to various unrelated plants that either resemble the fig tree or bear figlike fruits.
Figs are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Urticales, family Moraceae.
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 Fig - Glossary - Hormel Foods
Fig trees are native to Mediterranean regions and Western Asia, but are grown in many other temperate areas.
Black figs (dark varieties), such as Black Mission grow with a dark purple to fl skin covering a watermelon colored flesh that is dry in texture and sweet in flavor.
When making foods with figs, if the fig suggested in the recipe is not available, it is best to substitute it with a variety that comes from the same color category.
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 FIG - Guarantees
FIG breaks this impasse by identifying MFIs with market potential, training them to meet commercial bank standards of transparency, and providing Swiss bank guarantees on those MFIs' behalf.
An important element of FIG's bank guarantees is that they do not cover more than 50% of the loans to the beneficiary MFIs and require that the MFIs pledge 10% of the guaranteed amount as collateral.
As FIG's MFI clients have a track record of performing their loans, banks' conditions become softer until the MFIs are eventually considered reliable clients.
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 In the Arboretum Today   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although the fig tree is generally thought of as a subtropical plant suited to the mild winters and heat of California, there are varieties that will bear fruit in the milder climates of the Northwest.
The fig tree is a picturesque deciduous tree that will grow in height up to 50 feet in the wild, but typically is controlled to 10 to 15 feet tall.
The fig tree leaves are bright green, single, alternate and large (to 12 inches in length) with 1 to 5 lobes, rough hairy on the upper surface and soft hairy on the underside.
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 Calimyrna Figs In California
In Calimyrna figs this turns out to be a lesson in futility because the styles are all too long (much longer than her ovipositor).
The fig wasp larva is clearly a seed predator feeding inside the ovary of a normal flower.
The creeping fig (Ficus pumila), a remarkable Asian vine that is commonly cultivated in southern California.
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Root-knot nematodes are the primary pest of fig trees in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain.
Growers are often concerned when their fig bush fails to set or ripen fruit, or the fruit drops prematurely.
Figs have a long juvenile period and it may be three to four years before a bush sets a crop.
hgic.clemson.edu /factsheets/HGIC1353.htm   (1044 words)

 Weeping Fig - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Weeping Fig or Benjamin's Fig (Ficus benjamina) is a species of fig tree, native to south and southeast Asia south to northern Australia.
It is a tree reaching 30 m tall in natural conditions, with gracefully drooping branchlets and glossy leaves 6-13 cm long, oval with an acuminate tip.
It is a very popular house plant in temperate areas, due to its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions; it does best under bright, sunny conditions but will also tolerate considerable shade.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ficus_benjamina   (294 words)

 5 A Day: Fruit and Vegetable of the Month: Figs | DNPA | CDC   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Figs, one of mankind’s oldest fruits, is only now receiving its due attention in homes across the United States.
Figs are high in fiber, providing 20% of the Daily Value — more dietary fiber per serving than any other common dried or fresh fruit.
The figs are rich on their own, so skip the butter or margarine.
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 Valley Fig Growers - Premium Producer of Figs, Dried Figs and Dried Fruit Products.
Fig trees have tremendous longevity, some trees planted at the onset of California’s commercial fig production are still actively bearing fruit today, almost 100 years later.
Unlike other tree fruits or nuts, fig trees have no blossoms on their branches; the flowers are inverted and actually develop inside the fruit.
The dried figs are washed and processed bringing their moisture content up from the 14-20% as delivered, to a moisture content as high as 31% which make our figs plump, moist and delicious.
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 Home Fruit Production - Figs
The Celeste fig is small, brown to purple in color and adapted to all areas of Texas.
Figs are very susceptible to soil-borne nematodes that feed on small roots and reduce water movement into the tree.
Fig rust is an important fungus disease that attacks the leaves of figs.
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu /extension/homefruit/fig/fig.html   (2506 words)

 California Backyard Orchard: Fig   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Figs can be grown easily, but they require a protected location in the cooler parts of the state because of their heat requirement to mature the fruit properly.
Figs are grown on their own roots from cuttings.
Figs require very little winter chilling and are considered a "borderline" temperate zone species by many pomologists.
homeorchard.ucdavis.edu /Fig.shtml   (227 words)

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