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Israeli 7: A Fig with an Illicit Story

Cuttings available for sale. Please message with the number of cuttings you would like. One is $20. Two are $30. Three for $45 or four for $50. Available in bulk purchases of ten or more for $100+. We also have rooted cuttings and small trees available for purchase

A Fig with an Illicit Story
This fig was originally acquired by my stepfather's friend over 40 years ago. He was travelling to Israel and stumbled upon this fig tree, and loved this fig so much, the best he had ever had, that he broke customs law to bring it back. Now, bear in mind, this is not just any man choosing to do a little bit of mischief. No, this was a pastor, on a missionary trip to the Holy Land, sneaking a single cutting in his coat pocket on an international flight. Around 25 years ago, my stepfather was given a cutting of this tree and we eat from it to this day.

This fig was never identified by the pastor, what variety it is, or anything along those lines. You could consider this an unknown variety because "Israeli 7" is simply a name I gave to it to identify it in contrast to other figs I own. Most of Israel is infected with root knot nematodes (RKN). It is quite prevalent in their soils. You cannot get RKN from a cutting, but it should be noted that this tree is heavily-RKN resistant like most wild figs from Israel. This tree shows no signs of wilting, yellowing, lessened harvest, or stunted growth due to RKN, and RKN is most certainly present.

Fig Flavor & Characteristics
This fig turns bronze as it ripens, but often also retains a bit of its green sheen where the sun doesn't hit it directly, even when ripe. This is definitely a honey fig, verging on agave, with just a faint hint of berry. It is a vigorous producer and appears to enjoy a bush habit naturally. (My stepfather chose not to do anything with the tree for the last 20 years, so I have seen it in its natural growth state, no pruning). This fig also appears to be resistant to root knot nematodes, like most wild figs from the Holy Land. (Israel's sandy soil is eaten up by root knot nematodes).

This is a great fig to eat fresh but I particularly enjoy it dried. It does tend to have a limited amount of splitting in humid climates. The eye remains tight throughout the year. It is a common type fig that produces a very minor breba crop, if at all. The main crop is quite prolific. Pollination by the fig wasp is not required. This fig is quite reliable, producing a sizable crop every year once mature.

All cuttings have a bare minimum of three nodes, are between six and twelve inches, and are freshly cut. I assume all of my cuttings have been exposed to fig mosaic virus (FMV). All of my cuttings have been sanitized, fully-submerged in a water-hydrogen peroxide solution for 60 seconds or longer. They are then lightly dried, wrapped in parafilm to the middle of the cutting, and the ends placed in a lightly-damp paper towel to begin the rooting process while in transport. All you have to do when you receive the cuttings are place them in soil when the roots reach desired length. I prefer to wait for the roots to reach sufficient length to penetrate the paper towel though some people remove the paper towel upon receipt, snip the ends & scratch the bark then place them directly into a rooting medium.

If you are unsure how to propagate cuttings, please ask me for a brief tutorial. I am happy to provide instruction with your purchase.

Who Am I?
I am Shaft on OurFigs.com.

My name is Malcolm Heath. Last February, 2020, I became a father to now-14 month old Ronin. This was just before the situation really struck, right before grocery store shelves went empty. We came home from the hospital after an extended NICU stay, and were basically unprepared for the chaos in the world around us. It was like we were sheltered in the hospital from everything that was going on, and the system had ceased to function. I went to buy my family food, and there was nothing on the shelves. No meat to be had. I'm a chef, so my job is to come up with some unique creations, but this taxed even my skill. I never wanted to be in this position again. I felt like a failure, and I had barely been a dad for a week. I vowed to never let this happen again.

I started a garden. We have 14 acres of land outside of Greenville, NC. I knew nothing about gardening. Literally, nothing. My land is hard-packed clay. Very highly acidic, does not drain well at all. We are, in other words, a swamp. I made every mistake possible, with the intent of making as many mistakes as I could as fast as possible. I learned what worked, and what didn't. I got a few crops in th

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