The plant also produces yellowish, non-edible figs year-round. Hi Some 70 years later the original slip, now an aging tree, was losing a battle with dry rot so I took several slips off the tree and got them to root. Hi ..just wanted to add about the leaves.I am from India.I remember my mother making pickles of the leaves…however from the baby leaves like when the leaves are still in its bud form,slight reddish in colors,not opened up..and let me tell you the pickles tasted amazing.In fact I have seen the tribals eating the fruits also and we really used to be surprised,though we were strictly prohibited from eating it. I didn’t know of it when I wrote the article. You did not mention this species in your article. Enjoy it for its leafy handsomeness. Green balls are the fruits, which are medium and edible, but the plant never has lots of them. Sir I send you the character of a larva of an insect then please tell me the name of that insect. The most important is that it pupae is flat and swallow from the center and thin from the sides that cover contains pupae inside it. It is noted for its spreading habit, attractive foliage and edible fruit. Edible fig, also called common fig, grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 11. Hi, And the tree lives on. Ficus Benjamina Indoor Plant: Ficus Benjamina Tree ... this is favoured by numerous birds, while it is edible for humans although the tree is not cultivated for this purpose. The fig sends a root down to find earth. Its color is brown. Nearly everything under its shade dies. Sir it is the larvae of lepidopteran. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. Even if the flowers are produced, the production of fruits is rather unlikely because of the absence of pollinating wasps. Right now I am also studying our fig species in my country Philippines. The fruit is often dried for later use [183] and this dried fruit is a major item of commerce. We have a hedge of ficus nitida trees. Learn how your comment data is processed. That insect found on the fig its attack is very much high from March to may-June. As the tree yields it attracts bats, fruit doves and imperial pigeons. thanks. Of course, the fig would not be allowed in the United States now but it got here when folks weren’t concerned about such things. The fruit is edible, but the plant is not usually grown for its fruit. Two factoids: Figs are pollinated by a wasp that crawls into the developing fruit. ENVIRONMENT: Hammocks, pine lands, old residential areas. The grandfather of a friend married a Portuguese woman back in the 1930s. The tree is gone now but at least four of those slips are still growing and are now trees themselves. Can you comment on it’s edibility? you could add Common Yellow-stem Fig Ficus fistulosa to the list of edible figs small and sweet fruit. Both of these varieties grow readily, and if you don’t prune them, they can reach heights of up to 6-feet. And the fig tree, called “sycamore” in the Bible, was a common wood for caskets back then. Sweet and succulent, a fully ripe specimen is an exquisite fruit that almost literally melts in the mouth [K]. The fruit is commonly eaten. As its name implies it has leaves similar to citrus trees. The information in my articles comes from quality non-internet resources, such as the Journal of Economic Botany, or personal experience, Do you have anymore information about eating the fruit of Ficus Aurea? Thanks. Sir completed my BSc honor agriculture in entomology from University of Sargodha Pakistan. Figs are toxic to dogs, both externally and internally. When placed outdoors, they give fruitage. Ask a Question about HousePlants/Gardening, How to Trim a Ficus Tree: 5 Steps to the Perfect Shape, Ficus Benjamina Exotica: A New Breed You Will Love, 3 Main Reasons Why Ficus Leaves May Be Turning Brown. Introduction. I will be so glad for your advices if there is. I live in SW Florida, near Port Charlotte. I hope one day I could also share with you our fig species for you to give comment. Old trees with smooth silver-gray bark (sometime gnarled with age) are ornamentally attractive. The NASA Clean Air Study determined that this plant was effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and xylene. It has a circumference of about a half a mile, is some 80 feet high and has (as of 2008) 2880 aerial roots reaching down to the ground. It has four pairs of mid-abdominal legs and one pair is anal pro leg. I have a 15 year old Ficus Benjamina that is producing lots and lots and lots of little figs. Also edible: Ficus auriculata, fruits; Ficus benjamina, ripe fruit; Ficus carica, ripe fruit; Ficus capensis, fruit, young aerial shoots eaten as a vegetable, bark is chewed with cola nuts to alleviate thirst; Ficus elastica, fruit and young leaf shoots cooked. Of the 22 with hypersensitivity to F. benjamina, 8 showed hypersensitivity to common edible fig, seven to kiwi and two to latex. Though there are many other ornamentally grown figs, only this one has drooping thin leaves and tapering tips. Fanni, very good article! Fruit also edible; Ficus laevigata, ripe fruit; Ficus palmata, fruit edible, unripe figs and leafy young shoots boiled and fried and used as a green vegetable; Ficus pseudoplama, young leaves are eaten raw in salads or cooked as a potherb. Then what to do to introduce that insect as a pest of any plant, Hi, The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. With their delicious taste, they also have high nutritional value. F. benjamina has been shown to effectively remove gaseous formaldehyde from indoor air. If you are lucky enough to have your ficus benjamina fructify we have a few advices on how to incorporate figs in your diet: Eat them fresh off the tree. Good afternoon, Question. Usually the original victim simply dies and disappears. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. You wouldn’t want someone allergic to it going into anaphylactic shock by putting in their mouth until they are sure it’s safe. This is the infamous “rubber plant” in home and offices around the world; Ficus glomerata, young shoots cooked, Ficus hirta, very young top shoot eaten raw, ripe fruit edible; Ficus insipida, fruit sometimes good to eat; Ficus lacor, young shoots and sour leaves eaten raw or cooked. In the wild it will bear small orange-red edible fruit, but don’t expect yours to fruit indoors. People use fig fruit for conditions such as constipation and diarrhea.