Fig Heaven . . .
"Brown Turkey Fig" . . .
"Patience is a virtue . . ."
"Sun Kissed . . ."
"Blissful bounty . . ."
"Fresh Fig. . . breakfast bite. . ."
As I post this entry, the aroma of the fig confiture fills the air. Our home is scented with a sweet, honey, caramel essence. The next few days will be focused on harvesting, pickling, and putting up the beautiful bounty the garden has to offer.
* Figs = Ficus Carica
* Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little seeds that give figs their unique texture.
* Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.
* Figs naturally help hold in moisture in baked goods, keeping them fresher.
* Fat free
* Sodium free
* Cholesterol free
* Highest content of minerals
* Calcium content highest only second to oranges
* More fiber than any other fruit
* Each ripened fruit is 50% sugar
I recently acquired , "Fig Heaven" , by Marie Simmons. As I perused the pages for recipes, I found myself filled with excitement in learning more about this precious fruit. In the early years living in our country cottage, I took the tree out front for granted. The tree was pathetic with broken branches and a scarred trunk. With years of nurturing and diligent care each season, we now have a treasure trove of wonderful, delicious, sensuous fruit. I now treasure each one of the gems that come off the tree. I'm winning my battle with the Blue Jays, simply by getting to the fruit before they do.
I am inspired to create some special meals while we have the fresh fruit available. As the ripened fruit is highly perishable, it does not travel very well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can take some to my Mom this year. Last year's attempt via snail mail, was disastrous! Most of the fruit will be reserved for the award-winning confiture we offer as gifts from Le Maison. I already have a list of blogger friends to share this season's bounty. First on the list, is my dear friend, Kim.
Life is a banquet, my friends.