For juicy sweet figs, let them ripen on the tree. Pick as soon as it is ripe in late summer, otherwise spoilage and souring will occur. No matter what variety you grow, wear gloves when harvesting, as the sap in the stems can be a skin irritant.
Fig 'Black Genoa' Overview
The Black Genoa is a mid-season fig with a red to black skin and red pulp. Figs are grown from ancient times and valuble food source that has become popular in the modern day, although it does not have a long shelf life.
Common problems with Fig 'Black Genoa'
Keep a look out for the Fig Stem Borer, an insect that can live inside the stem for up to 3 years! Open up any little holes with excretion to make sure the nymph is not living inside and kill if found.
How to propagate Fig 'Black Genoa'
Make long (30-40cm) cuttings and root in sandy soil mix.
Special features of Fig 'Black Genoa'
Attracts useful insects
Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.
Other uses of Fig 'Black Genoa'
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Fresh, dried or preserved!