Black Italian Fig (Ficus carica 'Black Italian')
How do you think figs entered into our lives? Well there is an Italian in the wood pile. Diane's Father buried the figs over winter in Chicago (zone 5).
What a good time he had when he moved to zone 8 near Memphis, he had figs everywhere. So that is how we got started, cuttings, pass along plants, getting excited and collecting varieties from nurseries and friends. Here are some of our selections.
The Italian Black Fig is an heirloom variety that produces large fruits with a glossy black skin and deep red flesh. The flavor and quality is exceptional for eating fresh, and the fruit can also be dried for winter. Two crops are produced – a smaller one in summer and a large harvest in fall. Grow it as a free-standing tree or spread it out on a south-facing wall, which is a good location in zone 7.
The debate will go on about the hardiness of figs. We are zone 7 and all our potted figs have survived the last couple of winters here pretty much unprotected in containers. Of course there always can come the unforeseen killer frost that will wipe them all out. So love them and grow them till that happens, then start over with new varieties.
Cannot ship to California or Hawaii, ships with soil