What is better than a fresh fig?
A fresh fig picked right from the tree!
When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a fig tree. It was always such a treat eating fresh figs straight from the tree. And sad at summer’s end when they wrapped the tree up for the winter. But even more sad over the years, the many times when I mentioned “figs” to someone they’d say, “Oh, Fig Newtons.” I was heart breaking how many people I talked to over the years that never had a fresh fig!
I hate Fig Newtons. I just don’t understand why foodies find it necessary to taint my beloved figs. They dry them, bake them, they makes tarts, chutney, preserves and spirits out of them. They stuff them with cheese, roast them with meat, throw them in salads and then drown them out with dressing.
My poor figs. I just don’t get it. They are just so good on their own, how can you improve perfection? You can’t! This is why I love my figs naked in all their glory. Don’t do anything to them, just let them be figs!
But whether you like figs fresh from the tree or do fancy things with them — if you must — figs are considered the healthiest food, so rejoice in that when you eat figs you are doing something good for yourself. Figs are a good source of potassium which lowers high blood pressure; a good source of fiber; a source of calcium; and they protect against macular degeneration.
Yesterday I was ecstatic when a friend wrote on Face Book that he doesn’t do deliveries, but was offering fresh figs, straight from the tree, to any friend who was willing to drive to his home and pick them up. It just so happened I was visiting my mother and sister in the area the next day — so, hell yeah!
Turned out, the fig tree was huge — at least three times the size of the little one my grandparents had — with dozens of fresh figs waiting to be picked! Did I die and end up in fig heaven? It was such a fun summer thing to do, pick figs straight from the tree with my friend, his wife and their 10-year-old-daughter.
And of course, they were delicious!