Figs are tasty eaten fresh or processed into preserves. They can also be dried or dehydrated. The are highly perishable and can be refrigerated, but they loose flavor and become mushy quickly in the fridge. Fresh figs are sweet and luscious, with a subtle crunch from their itty bitty seeds. The complex beauty of their interiors is formed by thousands of tiny flowers that actually make up the fruit. Figs have high amounts of fiber, vitamin B6, manganese and copper. They are rated to lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart and the leaves have been studied for their positive effects on diabetes. Often paired with cheese and charcuterie, they are best when eaten right off the tree!
Figs are small deciduous trees, they loose their leaves and go dormant in the winter. They stay small in central FL, and can be kept in containers. They can be bothered by the nematodes in the sandy soil, so add plenty of compost/manure/etc to the hole when planting in the ground. Figs are cold hardy in Florida, surviving down to 10 deg when dormant, but light frost can damage a tree that is leafed out or fruiting. They like soil with good drainage, and can survive small droughts. They have quick growing roots, so they should not be planted near septic tanks or drain fields. It can handle full sun, but partial afternoon shade will be fine. Heavily mulching the roots will benefit the tree. They can bear a light crop of fruit in the spring, known as the 'breba crop'. Their main (and most flavorful) crop will set in late summer or early fall. Pick the figs when they droop slightly and separate easily from he brach, or begin to soften. Latex will often occur on the fruiting branch during harvesting, it may be a skin irritant.