Pick a fig, any fig

February 10th, 2012

If you love figs, this is the time to visit the Babylonstoren garden, as we’ve got figs… well… we’ve got figs growing on trees!  And right now, the fragrance of fig in the air is quite irresistible.

Our trees are between 3-4 years old, with their first crop ripening, fig by fig over the next few weeks. Probably the most striking of the trees is the striped yellow and green Tiger Fig (below).

Tiger Fig

We have thirteen fig varieties growing in our garden, namely: Tiger figs, Greta, Brown Turkey, Caromb, White Genoa, Kadota, Cape White, Black  Mission, Adams, Diana, Smyrna, Marseille and Imperial.  Some fruits are  yellow or green,  others black or brown, as you can see in these images:

Variety of figs

And when you can’t resist temptation any longer, give a soft, ripe fig a gentle pull and the  skin will easily peel away at the stem, breaking of in your hand ready for eating.

Fresh striped fig cut in half


  1. Sally says:

    How very lovely and inspiring!

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  3. Paul Kruger says:

    Dear Madam/Sir
    I am looking for a Black Mission fig tree to plant in our garden. Do you have such small trees for sale?
    Kind regards,

  4. Jane says:

    Hi,, Ek wil 100kg vars vye koop – as moontik, moet ek self pluk en het julle dalk spesiale grootmaat prys?

  5. Patiwat says:

    I would like to have small tree or its branch of Tiger fig, White Genao to be planted. Can you sell and send them to me?

  6. Francois says:

    Looking for Brown Turkey cultivar. Must be big brown fig. Living in Thabazimbi (south africa )area want to plant comersial love to get only a few to promote them. Thank you

    • Babylonstoren says:

      Dear Francois. We are happy to give cuttings to our visitors, but we are not able to send them to you. When you visit the garden please do not hesitate to ask one of our gardeners.

  7. Lorna says:

    Hi there
    Will you have figs in season in October? I want to make a Greek starter for a dinner and would need fresh figs.
    Please let me know.
    Thank you

  8. Bella says:

    Hi daar, ek het gewonder of julle dalk 10kg groen vye aan my sal kan verkoop, of my dalk kan verwys na iemand of ‘n plaas waar ek dalk sal kan koop. Baie DANKIE. Bella

    • Babylonstoren says:

      Hi Bella, ongelukkig verkoop ons nie ons groen vye nie. Ek sal uitvind wie moontlik vir jou kan help en terug kom na jou. Groete! 🙂

  9. Yolanda says:


    We are visiting Cape Town the first week in December. Will there be figs available?

  10. Yolanda says:


    We are visiting Cape Town the first week in December. Will there be figs available?

  11. Graham says:

    Could one get fig tree cuttings at this time of year ?

  12. Frik says:

    U meld aan Lorna dat u vye sal hê in September\Oktober. Wat se kultivar is dit.?
    Is daar van die kultivars wat besonder baie en lekker voorvye (breba) dra en of nie sal bars in ons reëntyd Jan. tot Maart in die Noordwes Provinsie nie?

    • Babylonstoren says:

      Hi Frik, voorvye in die Lente is maar ‘n bonus – dit is van vrugte wat die vorige seisoen nie volledig ontwikkel het nie en deur die winter gesluimer het… ons het die jaar heelwat by die Kaapse vye en tiervye geoes! Die regte vye oes is nou aan die swel en behoort Januarie en Februarie gepluk te word (mid somer). Hou ons blad dop wanneer ons eerste vye pluk – of laai gerus ons Tuin Toep af om ander tuiniers se raad naby u te kry!

  13. graham says:

    What time of year can one get fig cuttings ?

    • Babylonstoren says:

      Hi Graham, the best time to make fig cuttings is when you are pruning them while dormant and without leaves in winter. 🙂

  14. Hugo says:

    Hi, Where can I buy Turkey Brown fig trees or cuttings? I spent the whole day on the telephone trying to get hold of plant material. Can anyone help please. Hugo Mosselbaai

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