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Thursday, August 04, 2011

When I was a kid, I was a fan of Fig Newtons (well, actually, I was a fan of any kind of cookie, if truth be told!), but I had never actually eaten a fresh fig. Occasionally, I would find a fig or two in a salad or entrée at a restaurant, but, being that it was with other ingredients, I didn't get the full effect of eating just a pure, unadulterated fresh fig.

So, fast forward to the present. Friends gave us a fig tree in a container last year, and this year it has produced about two dozen figs. I had one about a week ago. I thought it was ripe, but it was tasteless and dry. Maybe not enough water...maybe not ripe to begin with. Today, we picked about five more that appeared to be ripe (definitely riper than the last one we picked). They were plumper and softer to the touch than the first one I picked. I had one, and I will say it was much sweeter than and not dry like the one from last week, and i think I liked it. It is a new and different taste from my usual summer favorite fruits - melons, berries, stone fruit - but I think I like it.

Any gardening tips or thoughts/experiences about growing/eating/using fresh figs would be welcome and deeply appreciated! I think figs have potential, but I definitely could use more encouragement!
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GOLIGHTLY344 8/4/2011 8:20PM

    Cut a ripe fig in half and stuff with gorgonzola cheese and broil just a little.

I've tried making jam, but it didn't work out. I have had fig jam and it was wonderful, but it wasn't Mission Figs it was a light tan/brown type.

Yummly.com has lots of recipes, probably for figs too.

I have a large tree with lots of figs for this fall. My spring figs fell off after a late frost/freeze!

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LIFEWALK 8/4/2011 8:10PM

    emoticon last year dad gave us a few fresh picked fully ripe from his tree and I adored them! unfortunately he lost his trees (he's tried 2 now) I wish they grew here better! enjoy :)

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MELLIL 8/4/2011 4:53PM

    LOL! I can't BELIEVE you posted this! I currently have 2 dozen fresh figs sitting on my kitchen counter that I have NO IDEA what to do with! I've been googling fig recipes all afternoon... I have eaten one whole one -- but mine are not very sweet. I have read that figs do NOT ripen once they've been picked. They must ripen on the tree or they are useless. And once picked only last for a day or two before spoiling. So they ARE tricky fruits! But what to actually DO with them... I haven't found anything interesting yet. I, too, am a HUGE fan of the Fig Newton cookies... which are VERY fattening! So do post again if you come up with something GOOD to do with them!

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RUTHXG 8/4/2011 3:42PM

    Here you go. This one is more commercial:

http://californi
afreshfigs.com/freshfigs/
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This one is less slick but looks to hold a lot of info:

http://www.pickyourown
.org/figs.htm

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RUTHXG 8/4/2011 3:38PM

    I have no experience with fresh figs at all! But it's so great that you have your own tree & fruit now. For me it would be a big research project--there's probably at least one website devoted to fig tips & recipes somewhere, just as there is for rhubarb (I was so tickled when I found that recently).

Have fun!

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CHEEKY1000 8/4/2011 3:33PM

    Oh, I love fresh figs--melt-in-your-mouth sweetness!

Alas, I have absolutely no gardening advice.

Enjoy your figs!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 8/4/2011 3:25PM

  I never thought I liked figs until I was in Italy. We had fresh fig on a small bit of cheese with bread....mmmmmm The figs themselves were very soft almost mushy even.

I think you could totally recreate the same sort of combination in a lower calorie form. Sounds yummy!

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