What is better than a full-of-flavor ripened fruit or vegetable picked at the height of season?
I know that I am not the only one who feels this way because you tell me so. Ever taken a bite of sweet corn right off the stalk without a thought of waiting to roast it? Yeah, I am talking to you. Ever wistfully think back to the days when we all had to “wait until it is in season” for your favorite fruit or vegetable? Yeah, I do. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am extremely thankful that we live in the days where we have access to so much abundance. Yet… that doesn’t mean we can’t get a little giddy to savor in due season.
Take the humble fig, for example.
Figs ripen during mid-to-late summer, with some varieties coming back for an encore in early fall. They come in a variety of skin colors. If you have only eaten figs in a Newton, believe me, in real life they are so much tastier.
I found out yesterday from my friend Mrs. McGowen that the brown turkey figs are ready for harvest on her fig tree. She said that some years are more plentiful but she’s not complaining.
I’m just jealous.
I want a brown turkey fig tree, too. In the meanwhile, The Fresh Market grocery store will have to do.
Brown turkey figs are a delight. They are soft and delicate to the touch and are literally bursting with sweet nectar. Gingerly run them under cold water but don’t over handle because they bruise easily.
If you decide to just eat them as is, you will not be disappointed in their sweet delight. Or, you can take it to the next level and blow your senses.
Actually, it is more like warming them gently over the grill. Simply tear off a small piece of aluminum foil to protect the fig from the harsh direct flame. Gently pull apart and separate the bottom of the fig and stuff with cheese. Goat or Gorgonzola cheese work wonderfully and provides a nice balance to the sweet savory fruit. Less is more, whatever cheese you choose. Place in foil and grill until you see the cheese bubbling out.
Drizzle with honey, ever so lightly.
The humble fig is not so humble anymore.
I just introduced you to your new seasonal delight.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.