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Michele Vaccaro buries a fig tree in the yard of Mary Menniti in Sewickley, Pa.
Hal Klein for NPR
December 25, 2014 For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.
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Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year and maybe more.
April 24, 2014 Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry into year-round production. But some fig lovers say they want to hold out for summer fruit.
Bassem Samaan, of Bethlehem, Pa., shows off one of many rare fig varieties in his garden.
courtesy Bassem Samaan
August 22, 2012 Bassem Samaan of Bethlehem, Pa., is on a quest to save rare varieties of figs often growing unnoticed, right under our noses in neighbors' backyards. He's donated some of his finds to a government-backed fruit tree preserve in California.
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