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Re: infor, now figs

Yeah, Auralie, the sap can be nasty. When I was a kid, some of my friends scratched their initials in their arms then applied fig sap to the scratches. The scratches festered up and eventually formed huge, raised scars. They though it was cool.

On Monday, June 21, 2004, at 10:32 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 06/21/2004 7:16:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
jsinger@igc.org writes:
Most likely a Brown Turkey or Mission. Wonderful figs! Not much
difference between them [Mission is a tad larger; Brown Turkey a tad
tastier]. Things to remember about figs are, one, the "fruit" are
really flowers; two, they bloom directly on new wood stems, not spikes,
When I was growing up in the Florida panhandle many, many years ago, we had a
fig tree in the side yard. I have no idea what kind. I earned my first money
by picking the figs and making fig preserves for a
neighbor. This was during WWII sugar rationing. I provided the
sugar by buying coupons from the woman who mowed our lawn (she had 7 or 8
children and couldn't afford to buy all the sugar she had
coupons for), and sold the preserves to the neighbor for 50
cents a quart. I wish I had some of them now!

The downside of this was that I developed an allergy to the fig tree. The sap
caused a rash similar
to poison ivy. I remember a miserable summer with rash all over my arms and
backside. My
grandmother treated it with iodine, which just made it much worse.

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