Welcome to my fig page. I grew figs for almost thirty years. I put this in the past tense since a divorce separated me from my collection. I wa forced to liquidate it except for one small plant whihc proved to be Hollier, a vigoreous fig with open-eyed fruit prone to splitting and spoiling. Two years ago I bought a home and began planting citrus, pawpaws, oriental persimmons, blueberries, and a few figs: Celeste, Texas Everbearing, an unamed variety from a West Virginia orchardist, and Hardy Chicago. All have done well except the Hardy Chicago which fell victim to my son-in-law's lawnmower. I plan to replace it and add Conadria, O'Rourke and Excel.

About fifteen years ago I began studying them intensively and accumulating a much too sizable collection of varieties. I have served as the Coordinator for the Fig Interest Group of North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX).

This web site is not really intended for novices—although they may find Frequently Asked Questions useful. If you are a beginner, I suggest you first study the materials at the NAFEX Fig Page. The CRFG Fig Page is also very good. Otherwise, select one of the text links below:

Weird Sex Life of Figs Dark Varieties Ethnic Figs
Figs of Israel My Collection Frequently Asked Questions
The Sycomore Fig The New Fig Booklet Links Page
Identifying Fig Varieties The American Figs
Light Varieties The New Figs

The Figs of Israel and The Sycomore Fig pages were inspired, edited and photographed by Daniel Yakir of Haifa, Israel. the sycomore fig is a tropical relative of the common fig, Ficus carica. It has been grown in Egypt and frost-free areas along the eastern Mediterrean Sea for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Bible and many people have asked me about it. Here is my answer to these questions.

NOTE 1: I do not sell plants or cuttings. I do sell The Fig Booklet, a 36 page guide to growing and identifying figs.
Just check out The New Fig Booklet page for details on price and how to order.
I have finally straightened out my links to PayPal so payments should be much easier in the future.

NOTE 2: I do not sell fruit--fresh or dried. A very good source for fresh figs is the Fig Lady.

NOTE 3: I do not return long-distance phone calls. Use e-mail. Please e-mail your comments, questions and suggestions to me at raygivan@windstream.net If you absolutely, positively gotta, musta, hafta phone me and I am not home which is pretty frequently the case, do NOT leave you telephone number and expect me to return your call. Leave your e-mail address and I will get back to you.

This website was last updated September 21, 2013.