September's Saving Grace #2
i love everything about figs. i even love the word "fig." i love their textures: smooth soft edible skins and their mouth-wateringly sweet pulpy insides with tiny crunchy seeds. i love their colors and varieties, their voluptuous curves and the big supple leaves of their trees. i love them soft and warm in the sun and i love them with cheese and in jams.
quite the sensual fruit!
figs are expensive at our local co-op. i buy them anyway as a treat sometimes for the sheer joy of them.
then i found out that my mom has a fig tree at the top of her driveway, and there are figs falling to the ground and figs galore ripening in the sun!
mom called them honey figs, but i think they are really desert king figs because of their bright red interiors.
i just read that figs are unique because they have an "eye" or ostiole that is not connected to the tree and helps them communicate with their environment. Amazingly, the female fig wasp pollinates the fig by squeezing through this cavity!
my dad and i brought a ladder and met up at mom's house the other day to pick figs.
i had a sleepy baby in the sling so i let my folks do the picking, and i did the enjoying :)
Some of the figs were slightly underripe (which is fine because they ripen quickly on my kitchen counter in this heat!) and release a few drops of a milky sap when they are plucked. It is called fig milk and it immediately reminded me of my breastmilk when it starts to leak. It has healing properties too. Intuitively that makes me think that figs are a good food for breastfeeding mamas, but that's just my heart and tastebuds talking!
Lucy found fig picking rather relaxing.
Marm and I are going to make fig jam tomorrow! Stay tuned on that, and meanwhile, I'll be back soon with another of this hot dry month's saving graces.
And back to the subject of figs, people seem to either love them or hate them. How about you? Like, love, or hate em? Do they grow where you live? Make fun recipes with 'em? Know any fancy stories or folklore about them? Pray tell!