Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Fig Tree
“Figs are abounding right now and you can see some great examples around town, including an especially nice one at North 46th and North Baltimore,” says Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation. “Figs are now considered by some to be the first domesticated plant, possibly as early as a 1,000 years before wheat. The “fruit” that we eat is actually a syconium, or bag of flowers, that are pollinated by a tiny wasp. If you open up the fig, you can see a hidden garden of hundreds of flowers within. With amazing fruit, it’s understandable that the tree itself doesn’t get a lot of attention for its form. But, this tree in North Tacoma is a great example of the lovely shape and form figs can take.
The fig tree is this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.
In the plant world, figs are an anomaly. Figs arrive in two crops per year — a freakish phenomenon. In the Northern Hemisphere, the first crop generally arrives in June. Through July the second crop develops, and by mid-August most fig trees are heavy again with ripe fruit. The second crop is the larger of the two and may endure through the fall and into November and December
Check out this fig, and then head for a Campfire Crowler fill of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish.
Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints.