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Tree diaries

Apr 12, 2021

It’s been a week since our last tree diary, and our tree’s growth has continued to accelerate. Here’s a picture of the whole tree:

My fig tree today.

The first branch has grown quickly and now has a big collection of leaves, and is even growing a second branch from the same branching point on the original trunk.

A few more points on the trunk have started forming new branches, with a couple at the top already unfolding tiny leaves. These are pictured below.

A very tiny bud.

Some nearly imperceptible green bits have also been forming on the trunk below the first branch. I’m not yet sure whether these will be new branches or just single leaves.

Budding branches!

Figs we dig: Côteaux Nantais confiture figues extra

Apr 10, 2021

Despite a tree-laden series of posts, we also like to eat figs here at FanFigtion. Today I’m going to highlight a fig jam that I like a lot.

Meet the Côteaux Nantais confiture figues extra. I bought a jar for my wife’s Christmas stocking, but I must admit to having eaten most of it myself.

A jar of fig confiture

This jam is superb. It’s super figgy and not too sweet, with big chunks of fig spread throughout. It’s like someone took a potato masher to a bunch of very ripe figs.

The jar says that it is 65% fig by weight, and that the only other ingredients are “red sugar” and citrus juice. The simple composition really lets the fig flavor shine through.

Today we enjoyed some with a mild brie on pieces of brioche Nanterre, which is a great combination. I’ve also enjoyed it on hamburgers.

Jam with brioche and brie

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New figs on the block

Apr 7, 2021

I’m not the only figgy in this corner of Paris: there’s a kindred spirit just up the street! Today we’re going to take a look at their potted sidewalk fig tree.

I first spotted this tree on my walk to work in December, when I noticed the distinctive leaf shape of a fig and snapped a picture to send my wife. Here he was in December:

A neighborhood fig tree in December

You can see that he is a skinny tree growing from a very large base—there was once a much larger tree here.

Since then, I have kept an eye on him on my commutes. Sometime during the winter, the owner of this tree snipped off the top! This was likely to encourage the tree to branch out at that point, rather than continue to grow straight up.

Today I snapped some pictures of this tree on my way to work. Here is a detail of how his top is doing:

The top of the neighborhood tree today

Look at all those little branches! His owners succeeded in encouraging branching by pruning the tree this winter. Here’s a look at the bottom:

The bottom of the neighborhood tree today

Look at all those little fig trees! Behind the big stump there are even a couple little trees poking out of the dirt several centimeters away from the base.

It looks like there has already been some pruning down here; perhaps the owners of this fig will continue to prune these shoots down to encourage more resources to the top. Stay tuned to find out!

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