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!