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helenamcginty
Alhaurin de la Torre
Spain

July 23, 2012
3:57 AM

Post #9215226

Hi,
your preserved figs reminded me of the jar of preserved plums, dated 1984, which I found at the back of my mother's cupboard when she died in 2003. I kept them until I emigrated a couple of years ago. We had a gross of 1lb and 2lb Kilner* preserving jars which were filled every year with apples, plums, greengages, blackberries, pears and tomato puree for use in winter. We only had an acre garden but made good use of it. I even put eggs down in Ising Glass one year. They were fine to eat too.
*(Kilners were a Yorkshire (UK) firm which specialised in making these jars).
prickersnall
Madison, WI

July 23, 2012
5:58 AM

Post #9215337

Hi Figgy Persons...As an artist, the first thing that came to MY mind was the famose "fig-leaf" of sculptures of yore...beautifully illustrated by photo #2 !

But also of my and my family's great enjoyment of fig-bars at a little diner...and from that, of course, to a tradition of having fig jam available.

I'm disappointed I can't e-mail your whole article to my son's in-laws in Texas..where they garden with things like papaya and calamansi; I'm sure they'd want a fig tree ! But I also understand.

Thanks for the write-up.
Sofi
Colts Neck, NJ
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9215514

That was such a nice article, thank you and thank your husband for the recipe!

Do you know which variety of fig your Grandmother had? The fruit is such a beautiful golden color.

dyzzypyxxy

dyzzypyxxy
Sarasota, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9215568

Nice article, and I am consumed with jealousy over your beautiful big fig tree. I have a little one that I can't keep from getting rust disease. It doesn't kill the tree, but if it gets a foothold, all the leaves fall off in mid-summer, and re-grow again. This meant last year that my crop of figs did not ripen and of course the tree is not increasing in size the way it should.

So I'm hoping somebody who reads your nice article on figs might have a solution to my rust issue. Neither copper fungicide nor regular sprays of baking soda solution have worked. Neem oil spray didn't help last year either.

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