Fig Farming in South Africa

© Weltevrede Fig Farm
Fresh figs is a summer fruit in South Africa, harvested from December to April. Here figs are being sundried.

A delicate, yet versatile fruit, the fig has been known to mankind for millennia and is a hugely popular fruit in Turkey, which is the world’s biggest producer.

Mainly based in the dry warm regions of the Western Cape, fig farming in South Africa started in the 1800s with dried figs and preserving figs as jams for home consumption to exporting fresh eating figs to the world market in the 2000s.

By Marinda Louw

Fig Farming

Figs are well adapted to dry areas with high temperatures, and low water availability and have traditionally been cultivated in marginal soils....more

Fig Production

The ‘eating fig’ is a popular fruit for eating fresh, as dried fruit or for use in jams, chutneys and desserts. It is produced in over 50 countries worldwide...more

Fig Varieties

Figs, one of the world’s oldest fruit, were planted in South Africa mainly for jam making and drying, but in the 2000s, fig cultivars suitable for exporting as fresh eating fruit, were planted....more

Figs

Part of a genus of between 750 and 800 recorded species, the ‘eating fig’, Ficus carica, is unique. The rest of the genus are mostly tropical ‘rubber’ trees with inedible fruit....more