This has been an amazing year for our Fig tree! A fig tree continuously produces wee little nubs at the base of the leaves, which are actually inverted flowers. A particular kind of wasp lays its eggs inside the nub, and the larval stages are spent right inside the fruit. The male hatchlings fertilise the females and then crawl out of the fruit. The females crawl out the hole left by the males, and find another baby fig to pollinate!
The littlest girl in the cupboard hopped up into the tree to inspect the fascinating baby figs…are there any wasps in there?
The Fig leaves fall off in the autumn, and the figlets stay on the tree all winter! The next year, if the fig survives, if it has been pollinated, and if the weather is warm, it will grow into a fruit! When they are ripe, these figs are green-skinned and green inside.
Look at them all!
Gilly was a little leery of tasting them, but we guarantee there are no dead wasps inside the fruit!!
Many people have only ever tasted dried figs. If this is so, and you get the chance, we highly recommend tasting a fresh ripe fig which has a completely different flavour and texture!