What isn't thriving wild on a slope by Ifonche in the South or on farms in Buenavista del Norte for commercial purpose stands in people's orchards or even on street corners, such as this Ficus Carica.
A fruit shop in La Longuera Toscal charged €1 for 170g of fresh locally grown figs at the beginning of October 2014.
Figs are extremely healthy both fresh and dried. Not only by their beneficial fiber and vitamins but also by a high calcium content. The latter has only been discovered lately.
It's a perennial evergreen, profusely spreading shrub.
Its fruit which reaches the size of a medium sized apple doesn't only grow in groups on branches. It even clusters around the bottom of the trunk near the soil as well as on air roots around it.
Tanna was discovered by Captain Cook.
This forest fig tree which grows 20m high with an enormous rough trunk has green and white variegated leaves.
They are very beautiful and soft. Almost every leaf seams to have its own pattern of green on white, or just green leaves. Therefore, a hybrid was developed from it which is now sold as ornamental plant worldwide.
Its fruit are said to be sweet but are not eaten by all natives on Tanna.
Not to forget is that this particular fig stands in the Tenerife botanical gardens like its exotic cousins.
Any too many? Bats always gladly gather figs. So does much other wildlife of forests.
Its scale insects the Dactylopius Coccus are much more important. They shed a black substance from which cochineal is derived. That ecological dye which made fabrics beautifully purple was the craze of Europe until not long ago. That came to an end when the German BASF works invented more affordable chemical dies.
The last old man who made a living by collecting cochineal has vanished. He climbed any height to gather the cochineal by scooping it up with two metal tins into his Hessian shoulder sack
The Opuntia figs need to be boiled and brushed well. Otherwise it's almost impossible to pull their unpleasant fine hairs from human skin.
Benjaminas used to be loved for their weeping ability. Now, you see them often as miniatures in Tenerife streets where their canopy is pruned into round shapes.
You buy that highly ornamental plant with its small green leaves at many florist shops, nurseries and in large super markets. By the way, sometimes on large town squares, it's hard to tell apart some Laurel species from the Ficus Benjamina.
There is a link on the bottom of that article which leads to the giant Ficus Macrophylla which isn't really a Moreton Bay fig but a columnaris from a Pacific Isle. This Lord Howe fig's nick name strangler fig may even be outdated.
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