(A term coined by my co-worker.)
On a side note, I know it's been a while since I've posted, but it's been a little hectic - dinners, weekend getaway and in the kitchen of course! I truly apologize.
Back to the topic at hand - figs! I was pleasantly surprised when I saw figs at the market a couple of weeks ago. They have a sweet, nutty flavor. And, they are quite the interesting fruit - it's numerous varieties, it's shape, it's textures, it's look and it's variety of vibrant colors. I've even learned that the fig tree typically bears two crops a year, the "berba" and the "borne." The berba produces an inferior fruit that is usually too acidic, while the borne is the main crop that is harvested. This little tidbit comes in handy since a fig tree has just recently joined the apple tree in my yard.
And yet, here's another nugget of knowledge for you. Figs are an aphrodisiac - I learned this while participating in a culinary aphrodisiac charity event a few years ago. Fig leaves are mentioned in the story of Adam and Eve, the Greeks associated figs with love and fertility and the inside of a fig is said to resemble a female's sex organs - you decide.
Ummm...on that note, check out my tarts...
Fig & Walnut Financier Tarts [07.11.2010]