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Black figs

The figs are ripe but the weather has been so wet that I can’t climb up the steep banks next to the main trees without sliding straight down again.

Instead of tackling the huge bounty of those old trees, I’ve been looking to our 3 young trees in the orchard.

One has no figs at all, and of the other 2, one has a few green figs and the other a few black figs (green until they’re ripe, when they turn black).

I’ve decided that although black figs represent only a tiny portion of our total fig potential, I do actually prefer them, slightly.

The reason for this is that green figs have a little bit of a ‘green’ or sappy taste, perhaps to do with the pithy margin between the red or gold flesh and the skin.

On the other hand, black figs have nothing between their slightly bitter skin and the red pulp. They taste less fresh but definitely more ‘figgy’.

Fig halves – black on the left, green on the right

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  1. September 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I can’t imagine being able to pick figs in one’s back yard – even if you have to risk sliding down the hill. Hope all that you harvest is delicious.

    • Damaris
      September 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Thank you! Some years we’ve had more figs than we could really cope with and of course they don’t keep. My favourite use of them is fig syrup (syrup of figs). They’re beautiful trees, too.

  2. daniel erdy
    September 13, 2012 at 6:31 am

    do you think you’ll have any cuttings to spare from your fig trees. I’d love to try my hand at rooting a few branch cuttings from your fig trees the figs look so plump and sweet.

    • Damaris
      September 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I’m not sure how it would work. What sort of trees do you have already where you are?

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