For at least 100 years, fig lovers in the Pacific Northwest have been trying out figs to see which ones produce consistently in our cool maritime summer climate. It turns out that the figs we can count on, produce a reliable over wintering “breba” crop that ripens in August, since we cannot count on the main crop that ripens in the fall to mature. The Amend family founded the Willamette Fig Gardens in about 1916 and introduced many of the varieties we now offer. In recent years Denny McGaughy has collected winners from people’s yards throughout our region and introduced more varieties now in the Raintree catalog. He has also worked with U.C. Davis to do DNA testing to correctly identify fig varieties because often the same fig has been called by many names.