Fresh Figs

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.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    October 8, 2011 at 6:25 am

    oh their so pretty- what a great discovery!

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    The Candid RD
    October 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Oh I seriously LOVE figs! I don’t eat them often, but they always remind me of my childhood because my favorite cookie was a Fig Newton (I know, I know, completely different, but …). We sell fresh figs where I work and I try to do demos with them when I can. So many people think they KNOW they won’t like one, until they try it 🙂 I always make them at least try one, and if they don’t like it, oh well, but they typically do!

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    melindard
    October 10, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I love figs! We had the green ones growing on the island and could buy them fresh and cheap. My sister ate 2 pounds once in like 15 minutes. It was funny and disturbing all at the same time, and then depressing because there were none left for me.

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    Nicole, RD
    October 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love figs, too! Sadly, in the Midwest they are SO expensive…and hard to find. Even this time of year. 🙁 I love the photos – stunning!

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