Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Love for Figs...

My parents just recently picked up a fig tree and the thing is so cute! I never thought that a fig tree would bring me so much joy! Not only do I absolutely love the sweet, earthy flavor of a fig, but to me, figs are the most beautiful fruit. When cut open, they expose their pink seedy flesh surrounded by its dark purple skin. Call me crazy, but that is pure beauty.

Our first fig from the new tree... so perfect.Fig trees generally grow to be about 15 to 25 feet. Our fig tree is probably only about 3 to 4 feet tall right now. It has a long way to go! Although it is pretty small, it still produces delicious figs.

This is me, perusing our new fig tree! The green figs you see here (click photo to view larger) are not yet ripe enough to pick. Once they turn to dark purple, almost black, then they are ready.... and trust me, they are delicious right off the stem!

A perfectly ripe, pear-shaped fig fresh off the tree, split in half.

Figs can be eaten in many forms: fresh (like so); preserved (made into a jam); or dried. They make for a wonderfully healthy snack...