Figs are best used when consumed fresh off of the tree. Dried figs contain a lot of sugar, about 50%, and a lot of vitamins, such as vitamin A and C. They are also a good source for calcium, iron, copper, and dietary fiber. Because figs are difficult to store, the majority of figs are dried and the drying process creates a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Figs are the main ingredient of a very popular cookie, the Fig Newton and the fig bar.
Fig trees like full sun and adequate room to grow. Plant them 15 to 20 feet apart. Fig trees do not demand a lot of fertilizer. Use about one pound of 8-8-8 for each year of the trees age. Twelve pounds would be the maximum, no matter how old the trees gets. Fig trees do not require much pruning. Prune them in late winter before the growth begins.