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|Varieties||Parisian, Adam, Ronde de Bordeaux, Tangiers|
|Packing||plastic panels of 160 grams|
|Storage||10 degrees Celsius|
|Size||2 to 5 cm|
|Season||December to April|
|Transport Conditions||Controlled tempertures, 4 degrees celsius|
South Africa figs are soft fruit with thin skin whose colour varies from green to purple, while the flesh is red or white depending on species it is round or flatted, although its shape is usually wider than The fig plant is a small tree from 1 to 10 meters high with broad, rough deciduous leaves that are deeply lobbed. The leaves and stem exude white latex when broken. Fig fruits consist of mature syconium that contains numerous one-seeded nuts, denominated druplets, the fruit is 3 to 5 cm long with green skin that sometimes ripens towards purple or brown. Fig fruit is used to relieve constipation. Fig leaf for diabetes high cholesterol and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo. Some people apply the milky sap or latex form the tree directly to the skin to treat skin tumours and watts
Figs may have originated from western Asia and can be traced back to about 5000 BC. They spread with travellers and was introduced in South Africa in 1900 where they were planted in farms and gardens but were not commercially farmed until the start of the 1900s.
- Parisian; is the most planted variety in South Africa it is an excellent fig with good shelf life and taste characteristics however under south Africa climatic conditions the leaves tend to have a sandpaper-like consistency which results in a high percentage of fruit scarring. It is a prolific bearer. Farms growing this variety are found near towns of Hermon, Worcester and Portville
- Ronde de Bordeaux; this is a small niche market fig averaging 15 grams, which has a unique taste and a perfect shelf life. It is the earliest fig to ripen in the season by has three weeks before Parisian
- Adam; it is a two crop variety commonly found throughout the country as backyard trees. A reasonably large fig with amber red pulp and yellow-brown skin with characteristic purple flesh between skin and pulp. Does not have excellent transportability for export.
- Tangiers; it is a fig variety that requires caprification. It produces figs that have a large average size with an excellent taste and shelf life and its characterized by its vast leaves which are soft and unlike Parisian it is perfect for drying it is mostly grown in Prince Albert, Piketberg and Hermon
Figs grow best in warm, dry summers and short cool winters. It Should be built in an area that receives full sunlight with good air circulation, especially in humid and wet conditions. Figs will grow in all well-drained sandy loam soil with pH from 6.0 to 7.8. Figs ripen quickly and are harvested daily usually over a period of a couple of months depending on the variety. Harvesting starts from December up to April. They are mostly picked in the morning to avoid midday heat which can damage the figs. Figs are kept in the cold storage of 10 degrees Celsius, sorted for quality and size for packaging. For Export quality figs can be packed in plastic pannels of 160 grams. The total production of figs in South Africa is around 2000 tons per year from 2012/2013 up to 2017/2018. According to Hortgro, South Africa exported 380 tons of figs in the 2017/2018 season, which is about 0.12 per cent of the world’s figs. The main importing countries of south Africa fig are The UK, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.
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