A symbol of abundance, fertility, and sweetness. Held sacred in all countries of Southwestern Asia, and in Egypt, Greece, and Italy. Possibly even the first source of clothing.
A member of the mulberry family. Usually thought of as a fruit, but actually a flower inverted into itself.
Black Mission, Kadota, Calimyrna, Brown Turkey, Adriatic are types.
Yes , this month’s challenge is… the FIG!
When I was a kid, fig newtons were the bomb.
My tastes have evolved a bit since those days but I still love figs and tis the season.
When I had the restaurant, September was fig mania because out back was a fig tree that was over 100 years old. It was a survivor from the gold rush days and it produced a virtual mother lode of figs. Eureka! I discovered my own rich vein of gold. In true crazy obsessed chef fashion, I used figs in anything and everything.
They can be used in a mind boggling array of ways, so there you have it. Love them or leave them, they are this month’s challenge.
SO HAVE AT IT! AND HAVE FUN!