Growing the Common fig (Ficus carica) in the continental climate conditions is quite a challenge. Figs in the mediterranean areas of Croatia are quite common. They grow there in almost every garden, very often together with it's family relative Mulberry. Fig prefers warm climate but can also be found in continental climate with hot summers just as it is here where I live. Though, it needs a well drained soil and somewhat protected position.
A fig tree in the garden of my friend.
This white sap may be an irritant to the human skin.
Some plants of the genus Ficus we keep as house plants. Commonly they are Ficus benjamina and Ficus elastica.
Try this recipe for Fig Balls. I always make them for Christmas.
25 dag dried figs (1 dekagram = 0.352 ounces)
10 dag sugar
12 dag grounded walnuts
1 orange, zest + juice
a bit of rum, lemon zest
Get the figs through the meat grinder, add walnuts, sugar, rum, orange and lemon zest and as much orange and lemon juice as to get the compact workable mixture. Make the small balls out of it and coat them with sugar.