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How to grow and care for fig trees 

 Ficus carica fig tree
Ficus carica - the common fig tree - is probably the oldest cultivated fruit in the world Credit: Andrew Crowley

Fig trees are some of the easiest fruit trees to grow. If you feel like planting something unusual in your garden, here are John Cushnie's expert tips on growing, pruning and propagation

Adam and Eve may have found that the leaves of the fig spared their blushes, but it's the fruit that gets me excited. There is little better than the fig tree's produce, so fresh it is still warm from the sun, straight from your garden. Dried figs are equally nutritious: if you have a bumper crop then dry some of the fruit in a hot press or drying cupboard. If you turn them daily they will be preserved in six to eight days.

The best variety of fig tree to go for is Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey', whose fruit...

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