kadota fig

When I was little we had an enormous old fig tree in our back yard that I loved to climb–especially when the reward was ripe green figs. I've never been much of a fan of black figs–I find their intense sweetness too overpowering. I much prefer the balance of freshness, moistness and sweetness in a really good green fig but they can be hard to find. But hopefully I've put an end to that today!

I have a small southern facing wall right outside my kitchen that I've been eye-ing for awhile, thinking, "Wouldn't an espaliered fig look nice there?" When I got an email notice a couple weeks ago from Peaceful Valley (one of my favorite organic nurseries) about their bareroot trees, the deal was sealed. They have a good selection of figs, but I definitely wanted a green one that could be pruned to any shape so I settled on the kadota.

The small tree arrived in the mail today and I planted it right away. I'm not sure how it will compare to the wonderful figs of my childhood memories, but I'm looking forward to finding out. I'm also excited about the process of the ornamental pruning!

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