Edible Figs & Haskaps

figbrownturkey (297x300)Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’ (syn. ‘San Pedro’, ‘San Piero’) – One of the hardier edible figs which has been grown in the Pacific Northwest for well over a century. It bears green figs that ripen with a purplish-brown skin and reddish-pink flesh, usually in July (the second crop does dot ripen outdoors here). Root hardy in zones 5-6. AGM. Grows 10-30′ high and wide. Zone 7.

figdessertking (300x295)Ficus carica ‘Desert King’ – Another reliably hardy fig producing greenish-yellow fruits with sweet strawberry coloured flesh that ripens midsummer. Like all the figs mentioned here, it does not require pollination in order to set fruit. This cultivar originates from Madera California, circa 1920’s. Exotic-looking 3-5 lobed leaves. Grows 15-20′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 7.

figitalianhoney (296x300)Ficus carica ‘Italian Honey’ (syn. ‘Lattarula’) – This is the primary fruit tree of Vancouver’s east side Italian community. It produces abundant crops of large green figs that droop when ripe, with very sweet amber-coloured flesh. The fruit is delicious fresh off the tree and even more delectable when processed into jams and homemade wine. Grows 15-20′ high and wide. Zone 7.

loniceratundra (299x300)Lonicera caerulea var. edulis ‘Tundra’ -This Honeyberry is actually a Honeysuckle that produces deep blue rod-shaped berries with a flavour reminiscent of blueberrries and raspberries – although not as sweet. It is extremely cold hardy and was introduced by the University of Saskatchewan. Cross-pollinate with ‘Polar Jewel’. Grows 4-5′ high by 4′ wide. Zone 2.

haskapcinderella (288x300)Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica ‘Cinderella’ – A compact Haskap with white to pale yellow flowers followed by standard sized blue rod-shaped berries with a bit of a whitish bloom on the skin. It was derived from Siberian stock and is an excellent berry for jams, jellies and baking. Cross-pollinate with ‘Berry Blue’ or the ‘Indigo’ series. Grows 3-4′ high by 3′ wide. Hardy to zone 2.

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