The idea of growing figs was...
initially inspired by a cultural family heritage linked to Dalmatia. When we started to further research the idea our imagination was also captured by the way in which the fig was portrayed as a romantic and sensual
symbol throughout history. In all the literature there is nothing bad said about the fig. In fact the fig features positively throughout the eons and has been assocated with good health and protection by the Greek goddess Demeter.
There is also the saying attributed to Mohammed the Prophet,' If I should wish a fruit brought to paradise, it would certainly be the fig'.
When we embarked on the project we had the benefit of the learning gained from a Northland Polytechnic horticulture course run locally and for free. However, we were also reliant upon the support and advice of friends who were experienced in horticulture and organic methods. We had also visited other fig growers who willingly shared their experiences and ideas with us. Importantly we had the advice of Mr Eric Cairns
(Tree Croppers Association) who had considerable research knowledge and experience on growing figs in
New Zealand. Eric Cairns propogated 300+ fig trees for us.
We quickly recognised the long term benefits of organic growing methods and we have been committed to growing our figs in healthy soil without synthetic residues or fertiliser. This has been very labour intensive and we have put a lot of focus into producing a robust fruit that is ready to eat from the tree and retains its natural flavours.
Mulching the first 150 trees in 2010
Fig'n Delicious orchard was established in 2008. The idea of growing several hundred fig trees came from the desire to expand on the experience of eating and cooking figs beyond the dried imports and essentially to bring fresh figs to the dining table of
We had a lot of enthusiasim to make the project work organically. At the time we had little knowledge or experience in a venture of this kind but we knew we were capable of learning and capable of the intensive physical labouring that would be required.