Figs are right up there with grapes as one of the oldest cultivated fruits. A fruit in the mulberry family, a fig is actually a cluster of flowers and seeds contained inside a stem—an inverted flower. The small round “eye” of the fig is located opposite the stem end and serves as the fruit’s communication with the environment around it. Figs are often called the sweetest fruit, and they do not get any riper or sweeter after harvest, which makes picking them at the perfect time all the more important.
Pair figs them with tart yogurt, cheeses, savory or salty dishes, as well as sweet desserts. Enjoy fresh out of hand, quartered in salads, with cheeses, or baked into desserts. Figs can be poached, grilled, baked, or made into jams and preserves.
Some people peel figs by pulling the skin down in strips from the top to bottom, but others prefer to eat figs whole.
Figs are delicate, and should be among the first items consumed from your box. They are highly perishable and bruise easily. Your fresh figs should last a week to ten days unwashed, stored in a single layer in sealed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or in the produce basket in the crisper drawer. Just remember to give them plenty of room for air circulation and eat them quickly!
A couple varieties find their way to the AHO produce boxes each year. Find out more about each variety here.