See those leaves up there?
Well, technically they are in our backyard year-round. What is not there year-round are those plump, light green balls of figlish deliciousness you see buried among them.
You know, figs are the summertime fruit here in bella Calabria … in fact, they are so popular, people have been known to beg, steal or borrow them from our their neighbor’s yard. But no. I’m no, I’m not bitter.
Lucky for me, we have plenty to go around.
Unluckily for me, it took me a couple of summers of seeing ’em before I tried them. Back in the states, the closest I had gotten to a fig was the newton and well, justice was not done.
Last summer, I gave in and can I just tell you, it was a loooong 11 months before they came back.
My favorite way to eat figs, besides after lunch, dinner or as a snack, is as part of a healthy breakfast. And since a typical Italian breakfast normally consists of coffee and a pastry, this summertime treat is a welcome change for my ever-widening backside.
Here is what you do.
1. Go in your backyard, or your neighbor’s backyard, or the market, or the grocery store and gather up some of the best figs you can find.
2. Peel them, slice them and place them on a plate with a couple of slices of fresh Italian bread.
Do you like figs? What is your favorite way to eat them?