The First Fig

collecting figs 1

We begin our harvest! The first figs have ripened, given they are this blogs titular figs, I thought I should share some photos.

Locals have asked me if they really are ripe so early, but yes, they really are: luscious, glorious green figs, threatening to burst at their bases if we dare to leave them any longer. The green variety is far more prevalent here than the brown Turkey figs we know better in the UK.  collecting figs 2For a few weeks now, the children have been watching the tree eagerly, inspecting it and announcing loudly the ripening of large green figs. The birds, wasps and ants ate the very first ones, tucking into them just as we were planning to leave them one more day for perfect delectability. But we managed to collect a few and shared them out in all their fresh glory.

figs on board

The tree is laden and there is another smaller tree further down the olive grove. H. and P. also have their eye on two other trees which seem to be on no-man’s land, so fair play for those who reach them first. I have a suspicion that we may be learning a true lesson of gluttony if we try even to eat all the fruit from our tree.

Even as we bite into them plain, freshly picked from the tree, we plan how next to eat them: P wants to sample a genuine gladiatorial breakfast – apparently Roman gladiators ate porridge with figs and ham. P. has the gladiatorial outfit (thanks to Grandma’s clever handiwork), the sword and home-made cardboard shield. All that remains is the correct food and a trip to the Colosseum. H. likes the idea of figs and honey, followed shortly by fig pancakes; Tom is keen to try to dry them and fill jars for winter feasting (I’m not sure how we’ll keep the insects off them, but like the idea). No doubt I’ll be on cleaning up duty after making the above, but if I get the chance, I’ve my eye on Jamie Oliver’s Crostata di Fichi and I’ll also make a fig variation of my favourite date slices. Faced with a glut it will be fig jam galore, which come to think of it will be pretty good alongside a slice of Seggiano Pecorino cheese for an afternoon snack…

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