In the Garden of Eden, it was apples; nowadays it’s the plump, moist, luscious fig that’s a nearly irresistible temptation for fruit-lovers.
According to historical records, fig trees had shown up in the New World by 1579; in 1769, Spanish Franciscan priests were growing them in what is now San Diego, California.
I’ve had good luck with a green ‘Stella’ fig tree which has grown quickly and most years has produced lots of delicious figs. They have green skins and very pink insides. I’m in the Willamette valley about 100 miles south of Portland, Oregon. It grows on a mound in a former gravel driveway (but not where the vehicle was parked), so there is probably poor soil and lots of pebbles embedded below the mound. Otherwise we are on clay. This year we had a cold April so it got a late start. I’m hoping it will have time to ripen the heavy crop over the next month.