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  • The story of the fig and its wasp

    Interesting article + videos on "the story of the fig and its wasp"

    https://www.esa.org/esablog/research...-and-its-wasp/
    Otmani - Dallas, TX - Zone 8a
    Wish List: Col de Dame Blanche, Brogiotto Bianco, Sicilian White, Panache

  • #2
    Nicely written article and review...
    Didn't know that, " those species of fig trees that rely on wasps for pollination will likely contain bits of wasps in the fruit. "

    Yum!
    Frank Tallahasee 8B
    North Florida Figs

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    • #3
      If that's the case Frank i'm lucky i do not live in wasp territory, i'm a vegetarian!
      Rotterdam / the Netherlands.
      Zone 8B

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      • #4
        Thats a little nasty! ! If i am going,to eat bugs. I want them fresh

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        • #5
          I wish the videos were longer. As a whole I enjoyed the the article in its entirety.
          Last edited by COGardener; 02-23-2015, 10:46 AM.
          Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

          “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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          • #6
            that is just not nice!!! i live in fig wasp country. i found a caprifig and was thinking about getting some cuttings.
            you are making me have second thoughts.
            andreas-patras Peloponnisos Greece zone 9a

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            • #7
              It's no different than eating dried imported figs. Or truthfully, no different then eating any factory processed foods! There is an allowance for insect and rodent hair, excrement and body parts, you've been eating it your whole life.

              Insects ars very good for you and a huge part of human diets in most of the world.
              Last edited by COGardener; 02-23-2015, 11:24 AM.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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              • #8
                Proteinaceous!
                Those little crispy crunches aren't just seeds.
                Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!

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                • #9
                  Otmani thanks for the video.

                  Scott you do know how to paint a pretty picture...
                  andreas-patras Peloponnisos Greece zone 9a

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                  • #10
                    Andreas, what can I say, it's a gift.
                    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                    • #11
                      The female wasp cannot lay eggs in edible figs, only caprifigs. She still enters small fig embryos though and tries, spreading pollen in the process. The seeds become fertilized and more nutritious. The female (or maybe females) die inside and are digested by enzymes over many weeks before the figs ripen.
                      The other species of fig mentioned in the article that both ripen edible figs and host wasps have only one gender instead of 2 like the common fig.
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                      • #12
                        Wasp pollinates fig, fig eats wasp, we eat fig.... works for me.
                        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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