You can not believe how ecstatic I was when I found out my friend’s parents had a fig tree growing in their backyard. I knew figs grew rampantly oceans away in the Mediterranean, and maybe even just states away in California, but I had no idea the maroonish, soft spheres could be found ripening here in the East Coast.
I got even more excited once I found out my friend was taking me on a trip to this illustrious tree. Possibly more excited than the new Feist album. Have you heard it? It’s glorious. Feist and Figs obviously go hand in hand and make a phenomenal duo…(Speaking of orgasmic duos…have you seen this article about “Yogasms?” It’s slightly hilarious.)
Anyways, I’m not sure anything’s more delicious than a fresh fig. It’s something about their smooth, seedy texture that gets me. Or maybe it’s just that I probably consume little more than 5-10 figs a year. The bite-sized pieces of fruit are over $1 a piece at most stores that carry them! Luckily, poor college kids can still go home to visit their parents, and this one was eating a meal full of figs while she was there.
However, if there aren’t any fresh fig trees in your near future, buying a carton is definitely worth at least a one-time splurge. Plus, figs are loaded with fiber, calcium, manganese and potassium. So that splurge is a healthy one. Forget cupcakes or french fries. Figs are where it’s at in the fall.