We have three fig trees at La Chaise, two either side of the entrance into the Farmhouse barn and a third that just reached over the railing to the terrace alongside my bedroom. That one had to be severely pruned because it suffered from a classic fig tree pest - of which more later.
The two fig trees you see here are either side of the barn entrance. One bears black figs, the other has the classic 'white' figs which are actually green. As well as eating them I made some jam - a new recipe which uses red wine - and I also filled two litre glass preserving jars with whole figs in red wine.
The figuiers are the result of two fig sticks that we were given several years ago with the instruction - 'just stick them in the ground' - because they would just grow roots and get on with it. However, I will admit I did look carefully to see which end was best to shove in the ground. I judged that fig leaves would grow upwards...so pushed the other end into the ground.
BUT it is not only humans who like figs - small birds do as well but one can frighten them away. The real pest that dissuades human visitors is the hornet and the hornet is very territorial about its figs. This means no getting figs when the sun light is directly on the trees - the hornets will go for humans even dressed in full protective gear - face mask and helmet, gloves and boots...Finding figs by torchlight is difficult..