Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fresh & Organic: Figs

Although commonly referred to as a fruit, the fig fruit is actually the flower of the tree. Figs are not only delicious, but they are one of the highest plant sources of calcium. Figs are also rich in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K.

The initial fig harvest, called the breba crop, only accounts for 10-15% of the season's harvest, but Ryan says they are the best figs of the year. The Black Mission Figs are currently at the peak of this first crop. The first figs of the season stayed on the tree when it went dormant, and continued to grow in Spring. The breba figs tend to have less of the micro hairs or fuzz that can give you "Fig burn" from eating too many fuzzy figs.

At this time, we also have the White Kadota variety that is being grown on Maui in Launiupoko. The beautiful squishy figs have a light yellow green skin and an intense rich syrupy quality.

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