We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Brown Turkey used to be the toughest, but even it sometimes died here with a bad winter. With the Chicago Hardy, worst case is it dies to the ground but recovers rapidly from the roots and produces that summer. Hardy to Zone 5
Up north, figs tend to grow as shrubs rather than trees, reason being winter die-back. It doesn't matter. They produce a lot of fruit all summer given good loam, a little fertilizer, and plenty of sun. Mulch and water, especially the first year.
When ripe, pick 'em and eat them when hot from the sun.
I like to walk all the streets in the towns where I live or visit. I am always on the lookout for wild and abandoned food plants. I have found a few fig trees and interestingly no one seems to harvest the fruit but me. I found a persimmon tree on a side street near me. Black walnuts are everywhere but I have found numerous English walnut trees to harvest.
Damn global warming did a number on my fig trees the previous two winters with Yankee level freezes. Thankfully, this last winter wasn't big on global warming, it was just average. So I have hope. But they do grow back from a hard die back.
Maybe this year I can figure out why my Brown Turkeys aren't ripening. Might be a deer problem. Oddly the more delicate Petite Negra planted later does better.