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Fig crop plentiful despite sparse rainfall

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The season started in May and will continue through November.

The first crop of figs in California's Central Valley this spring was plump and plentiful despite little rainfall, and subsequent crops were expected to be just as robust, the California Fresh Fig Growers Association says.

“California's dedicated fig farmers have been good stewards of the land for generations which means we can all look forward to terrific fruit again this year,” says Karla Stockli, Chief Executive Office of the California Fresh Fig Growers Association. “The health of our California Fig trees is a year-round priority, which is why we can confidently deliver fresh figs seasonally and dried figs year round.”

California grows five varieties of figs -- Mission, Kadota, Brown Turkey, Sierra and Tiger. The industry produces an average of 10 million pounds of fresh figs and 8,000 tons of dried figs annually, with Canada its top export destination.

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