Fred Tayar says the funny thing about figs is, “they’re sweet. You either like ‘em or you don’t.” Tayar likes figs, which is a good thing, because he has a mature tree in his Ardmore yard that yields the tasty fruit year after year. His friend, Dutch Langston, Thackerville, likes figs too, but didn’t have a tree of his own — until this year.
Tayar says in February he gave his Love County buddy three, 2-foot canes from his mature tree so he could try his hand at raising the fruit-bearing tree. But neither man expected the phenomenon that occurred.
Taking up the story, Langston said, “they were just cuttings — no roots or anything. I put them in a jar with water and set them in a sunny window. When spring came, I planted them in the ground, watered them and gave them fertilizer.”
And those sticks grew and they grew and they grew. In one season they’ve turned into trees, each measuring an estimated 6 1/2-feet tall. But wait there’s more.
“They’re all putting out figs and they’re good. I’m harvesting fresh figs from my new trees and they taste just like the ones in the cookie,” Langston said.