'Pushing the zone': who has grown tropical & similar delights...
Assume bananas can't be grown in Puget Sound WA ? - Think, again... "David the Good" is also a GN member, and he succeeds in large part because 1st. he got the idea, & then he faithfully... experiments, as do we all. His latest book https://www.amazon.com/Push-Zone-Growing-Tropical-Gardening/dp/9527065704
What Tropicals, & plants usually fruiting in desert-areas, have you tried growing to varying success, that you can encourage others to also give a Go... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4oJ9RXAV3c
This has fascinated me for years, & am growing various such plants. This year in zone 8A we got two FIGS, yes !