They’ re small, they’ re almost black – and they’ re delicious. Our baby figs. In Fenazar, Spain, we grow this special variety of figs to test how it performs. Wil Lemmer, Varieties Manager at SanLucar is on fire for the small fruits. »These figs are the best I have ever eaten. They’re the essence of a fig – sweet, juicy and flavorful.« Figs usually grow on the ground. The reason we’ re testing them in pots has to do with climate change. In Spain, too, it’s becoming drier and drier and our farm may have to make do with less rain in the future.
Wil and his team are therefore looking for new varieties that use less water but are also delicious. When you raise them in pots, you can measure exactly how much water they need, and this is how we learn for the future. Fig trees are tough plants – but the fruits themselves are very sensitive. The skin of figs often gets scars from the strong wind.