Figs freshly picked
My holiday is soon coming to its end and I have still to share with you my most precious daily hours.
Every morning as early as 0700, we jog for about 30 minutes to “our” secluded beach where we swim in the cool transparent sea, no other person in sight.
On our way back we stop by a fig tree and have our breakfast of tender, plump and sweet fruit. I love eating figs and I also love their shape, both outside and inside. What is so specially appealing is the eating directly from the tree! Just stand under a marvelous looking tree, pick a fruit & deliver it to your mouth! It is the epitomy of nature’s generosity!This is one memory I take with me, every year from my holiday in Greece.
There is something so sexy about a fig, its shape and seductive inner color that I am inclined to think that Adam was tempted in the Garden of Eden by a fig and not an apple. My humble proof is that once they ate it and realized that they are naked, they immediately picked a leaf from the fig tree, under which they were standing, to cover their nudity. The fig leaf is well known for its large size and special shape which resembles a hand with five thick fingers.
Adam and Eve – catacombs of Saints Marcellinus – 4th centuary
Adam and Eve
Throughout history artists have seen the exotic appeal and the hidden sexual connotations in the fig’s red and voluptuous inner fruit.
Munari Cristoforo “Vase, Glass and Fruit”
Bartolomeo Bimbi “Figs”
Fresh figs are very popular in Europe and along the Mediterranean but are less well known in the United States. A member of the mulberry family, the fig possesses a sweet, chewy flesh and crunchy edible seeds. This ancient fruit is usually available from June to September. Figs may be eaten raw or cooked in recipes.
How to eat a fig?
First of all, do not peel a fig. The skin is tender and flavorful so just trim off the tip of the stem and the rest of the fig is wonderfully edible.
A fresh fig is perfect with a piece of mildly aged goat cheese. The sweetness of the fig is an ideal counterbalance to the tang and the crumbly texture of the cheese.The figs can also be sliced and added to a fennel and arugula salad. Or for breakfast, sliced with cereal or yogurt.
Have a great weekend!