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07-11-2006, 02:08 AM
I've always loved fresh figs but have never really been able to find them in stores here and suddenly, last night while out to get some raspberries, I found them at an unlikely store where they don't usually have much good produce to begin with, let alone, awesome, fresh figs! They weren't organic but I was so excited to see them that I grabbed too little baskets and they were SO good. Apparently, from what I've read, figs are only in season (in the california central valley anyway) from july-september and are actually a type of flower that grows in on itself and they are the only known fruit to ripen on the vine. I'm going to go eat the rest right now!
07-11-2006, 02:13 AM
Congraulations for discovering the luscious fig!
I have a fig tree and am lucky enough to have a neighbor with a different type, also. Mine is Mission and his is the big ones that are pale green on the outside and purple on the inside -- the best every!! So, I'm really blessed.
I suggest the farmers market, though, for you to get the freshest and at the best price.
07-11-2006, 02:14 AM
I saw some organic ones at the store recently. What do they taste like? I imagine them to just be like dates; which I don't like.
07-11-2006, 02:14 AM
When i went shopping at whole foods on saturday they had a lil basket of fresh organic figs fo 3.99 i was debating on wheather to get them or not and decided not to.I have never tasted fresh figs,now im wishing i would have got them..hmmm maybe next saturday
07-11-2006, 02:19 AM
They do not taste like dates.
Fresh figs, of course. The dried ones are just -- bleeech! (Well, that's my opinion; they're just too concentrated and too sweet and too UNLIKE fresh ones).
Definitely try them -- just make sure they're ripe ... around here they're not usually sprayed; they come from small growers.
Again -- best recommendation: get them from farmers markets. Well, that's if you've local growers, of course.
They're worth the price; they're only available for a short period of time, depending on the type.
They're juicy, luscious, and delectable.
07-11-2006, 02:25 AM
Rawtruth, I used to eat them all the time as a child because my grandmother had a tree, but it died, I was so sad and they are rare in grocery stores here for some reason. The green ones with the purple inside are my favorite, I have missions right now and they are wonderful as well.
Codajess, they taste and feel nothing like dates. They're very unique. They are moderately sweet and not too juicy but are still very moist and plump. They only taste good when perfectly ripe and they are ripe when the skin is really soft and is easily damaged. They need to feel really squishy or they aren't ready to eat. The inside is a ton of little, teensy soft seeds and luscious little fibers. The taste is hard to describe, it's very delicate and soft tasting. I can't imagine anyone not loving figs. Try them, they aren't an aquired taste, they just look really weird. The insides actually resemble a sea creature or a calimari but they are heavenly tasting.
Fruit, oh you should have gotten them. The next time you see them, give them a try, you might just love them.
07-11-2006, 02:27 AM
Ha! I also hate dried ones, they taste like cardboard. YUCK! I went to the farmer's market earlier this summer but since they're ins eason now I'll definitely go check and see.
07-11-2006, 03:13 AM
I love fresh figs!! I was so used to dried and it's refreshing. The taste is just that...refreshing. It tastes natural and not earth, but natural. it's hard to describe, but they are amazing!
07-11-2006, 07:15 AM
Figs have been calling me, but I've actually never been able to try them fresh, and only a once or twice dried. I reallllly need to try some now, but they are so expensive here, if they are even ever in the store! Congrats on finding them :)
07-11-2006, 07:36 AM
oooooh I don't think I've ever had a fresh fig before, now I really want to try one! I've never seen them around, but I'll have to keep my eye out for them.
07-11-2006, 11:27 AM
I couldn't resist. Just took this of one of my trees. I adore figs, so sensual to eat when the ripeness exudes honey-like drips from the bottom opening.
One great way to keep them is freezing. When you want to have a real treat pop a bunch in the homogenizer of your choice with a couple of tsp of flax seed and you will have instant pudding. The gelatinous nature of ripe figs and flax makes it a natural creamy concoction.
07-11-2006, 11:40 AM
I love figs, too. We have a fig tree but we've only ever got 4 figs off of it :)
It's a beautiful tree, though. :)
07-11-2006, 12:06 PM
Now that I think of it -- since they're native to Mediterranean/Middle East climates, we Californians may just be spoiled by being able to grow them easily and having them at the farmers markets.
Despite the cost, you must treat yourself to some if you haven't tried them before.
07-11-2006, 01:27 PM
I just bought a case of them today. They are delicious. Oh, organic of course. Spent $20 (with a discount!), it was worth it.
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