Figs are incredibly healthy; they are free of fat and cholesterol. They have the highest content of minerals and have more fiber than any other fruit. This hardy shrub produces dark-colored, small-to-medium edible fruit that has skin in tones ranging from light brown to violet and has a sweet, rich flavor. The fruit inside is the color of a strawberry. The medium-sized fruit ripens to a delicious sweetness in late summer and early fall. The succulent fruits can be enjoyed fresh or dried. They are high-yielding and easy to grow. The "Chicago" hardy fig prefers full or part sun, can freeze to the ground and come back to produce a crop in the same year. Now, northern gardeners can enjoy growing delicious figs at home.
- Will die back to ground level in the colder climates, which is normal
- In the spring the plant will grow back and produce fruit again
- You can protect them with a layer of leaves held in place around the base of the plant
- "Chicago" Hardy Fig is self-pollinating and the fruit will be sweet and ready to eat by late summer or early fall
- Spacing: 3-6 ft.