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Common Name: FRUIT - FIG, WHITE
Scientific Name: Ficus carica 'White Genoa'
Alternative Names: -

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Ficus carica 'White Genoa'


  • Perennial
  • Figs are native to W Asia and E Mediterranean.
  • Deciduous small tree or large spreading shrub with palmately lobed leaves and pear shaped fruits.
  • Large green fig with pink flesh - old South African favourite.
  • Needs well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun.
  • Figs thrive in containers - a mature tree needs only 1 cu.m of soil.
  • Shorten and thin out shoots in early spring to maintain an open and compact bush.
  • Harder pruning is needed in cool climates to encourage well-ripened shoots.
  • Figs can be propagated by rooted suckers in winter.

Culinary Uses

  • Fruits are eaten raw or stewed, candied, made into jam, wine and liqueurs, and used to flavour coffee.
  • Sap is used to coagulate milk for making cheese.

Parts Used

  • The fruits, leaves and sap.
  • Fruits are picked when ripe and used fresh or dried.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Internally for constipation, sore throat, cough, bronchial infections, and inflammation of the trachea.
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