Shipping season for 2015

We are in the process of making many new varieties of figs and other plants and fruit trees available. We will be start shipping mid March for some trees. We do have large trees available for pick up at our Nursery near Bethlehem, Pa starting in March.

we've moved!

As our passion for growing fruit trees grew, our collection of fruit trees have grown. We've moved to a bigger property near Bethlehem, Pa. 3 miles from our previous location. 

We've built a new greenhouse and planted a small orchard of pawpaw, persimmons, jujube, and figs. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Che fruit

We first learned about the Cudrania tricuspidata aka Che several years ago and decided to grow it. We planted a tree and after a few years we harvested a tasty crop. It is related to Osage Orange, Mulberry, and Figs.

The process of Caprification

Certain class of figs is referred to as a Smyrna type. It requires pollination by the fig wasp. The process of pollinating the figs is referred to as "Caprification". The fig wasp can only be found in the Mediterranean region, but in early 1900's it was imported to California from Turkey. 

Here's the common method used in Syria. 

What to do with all the unripe figs in the fall?

Make fig preserve with your unripe figs.  It is easy and delicious. Pick the unripe figs that have developed a decent size and discard the smaller ones. The unripe figs have a white sap that can irritate the skin, so handle with care.

Breba, the bonus figs crop

Fig trees bear an abundant crop starting mid August into fall, but many varieties also provide the grower with a bonus crop early in summer, this crop is called Breba. Breba (from the Spanish word Breva) is the fig produced on previous year’s wood. The breba crop varies from one variety to the other, some varieties produce a heavy crop of brebas, some only a few, and will only produce the main crop.

Plant hardiness zone

The new cold hardiness zone has been updated. You can check what zone you live in based on your zip code here.

Roasted figs with walnuts

Figs can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Here's a quick and easy recipe that is made with dried figs and stuffed walnuts. 

Persimmon varieties.

Asian Persimmons or Diospyros Kaki are very beautiful trees that bear delicious fruit. They are very common throughout Asia and subtropical areas. They are rarely seen growing in zone 6 or colder where temperatures fall below 0°F. Not all varieties are cold hardy in zone 6. We have planted several varieties in our garden.

Fruit from our garden

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