Hunt Fig Tree
The Hunt Fig Tree was bred in the 1920’s in Georgia and is one of the most cold hardy varieties for Southeastern growers. Hunt figs requires a long, hot season to ripen so is recommended for warmer climates, but even growers in the Northwest will receive decent crops of this incredibly delicious fig. Figs are long-necked with violet brown skin and a beautiful light red flesh. Flavor is richly sweet and amazing for fresh eating, though fruits must be perfectly ripe for best flavor at which point it has some of the highest sugar content of any fig variety. Hunt figs will produce a small breba crop and large main crops and is particularly resistant to spoiling in humid climates.
A gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. One of the easiest fruits to grow, figs are happy outdoors in the Maritime Northwest and, with winter protection, in pots or in the ground in colder climates. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their most tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. While many fig varieties are not suitable for the Northwest, our varieties have been chosen for their ability to ripen at least one good crop in our climate. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them!!
Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: The Hunt Fig Tree does well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season. Cold injury can be reduced by choosing sites without direct sunlight early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not heavily cultivated in the United States at this time, so pests have not yet become an issue in this crop.
USDA Zone: 6-10