I Dig Figs

| 8/27/2010 1:20:24 PM

figs in gardenI was really happy this morning to find a generous handful of fresh figs ripe and ready for us to enjoy. Have you ever feasted upon a fresh fig? I must confess that I never had, until I picked the first one from our own tree. A fresh ripe fig tastes nothing like a Fig Newton, so banish that thought from your mind. Its flavor is reminiscent of strawberry and peach, with a unique and delicate texture all its own. The fruit is actually an inverted flower. Isn’t that kind of sexy and exotic? The leaves of the fig tree are quite beautiful, too, making it a lovely addition to the landscape as well as the table. They impart an almost haunting herbaceous scent to the garden air during our sultry summer evenings.

Figs in the Garden

Figs trees like to be planted with plenty of organic matter and in lots of sunshine. Make sure your fig tree gets watered regularly, especially in its first couple of seasons, and protect it from heavy frosts. Simple!

alma figWe have an Alma fig that is in its second year of production. Alma is a late variety fig that produces very high quality fruit. It is not known as the prettiest fig around, but the sweet firm fruit makes up for its lack of beauty. One of the reasons we selected Alma is because the fruit is still fairly light in color when it is ripe, which makes it a little less attractive to the fig-snatching birds that make Cowlick Cottage Farm their home.

Figs on the Table

Even though figs are sweet, they are quite nutritious. They are high in potassium, which can help to lower blood pressure. They are high in fiber and calcium, making them a satisfying treat for those of us watching our weight. Fig leaves are edible, too, and are said to have anti-diabetic qualities. Try wrapping a fresh fish fillet in a freshly washed fig leaf and put it on a hot grill for a few minutes.

4/9/2011 8:43:12 AM

To forget how to tend the earth is to forget your self.

Carolyn Binder
9/3/2010 10:28:41 AM

Hi everyone and thanks for the comments and the warm welcome to the GRIT blog world. I can't wait to try the fig recipe, and as soon as I harvest enough figs, I will try to send some to the GRIT office for tasting. They do not keep well fresh, but hopefully, I will have a big enough harvest to make some figgy jam! Thanks again, and I look forward to virtually visiting with all of you here at GRIT. Carolyn www.cowlickcottagefarm.com

S.M.R. Saia
9/2/2010 12:35:28 PM

Wow, this made me hungry. We have a fig tree with some fruit on it, but none ripe yet. If we manage to get one this year I would definitely like to try it with the goat cheese and proscuitto! Thanks!

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