Like watermelons and fresh berries, fresh figs are an iconic fruit of summer. They are nothing like their dried version, and once they ripen they are good to eat only for a day or so. They are so delicate they don't ship well and I have seldom seen fresh figs available at grocery stores. Even with home grown, it's a challenge to pick the fig at the proper ripeness, but before a bird pecks holes in it and ants infest the interior of the fruit. But the sweet juiciness of a ripe fig, throbbing with the life force of sun and earth, eaten right there, on the spot . . . .
Here in the south a fig tree was always a given in the yard of the grandparents, providing loads of fresh figs to be eaten out of hand or rendered into "mammaw's fig preserves".
|brown turkey fig tree|
|decorative garden cat "Belle"|