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This is the month when we hit the fig time

September 13, 2017

A nearly-ripe turkey fig, moments before it went missing.

Fairview’s fig crop appears to be about a week behind schedule. Today (September 13) I found what may have been the only two (nearly) ripe figs in the entire neighbourhood.

I found the aforementioned fruit growing on a fig tree in the southwest alley off the intersection of Heather Street and 17th Avenue. This tree, by the way, is the only source of brown turkey figs that I know of in the neighbourhood. As of today—aside from the pair that I plucked—all its hundreds of figs are still immature and green—a good week or more away from being ripe—just like all the other figs on all the other fig trees that I know of in Fairview.

A taste of what’s to come

Turkey figs. Not fully ripe but soft sweet mouthfuls all the same.

Except for the turkey figs at Heather and 17th, which start green-skinned and turn brown as they ripen, the other fig trees I’ve found in Fairview produce perpetually green-skinned fruit. I take these to be Italian honey figs (Ficus carica ‘Lattarula”).

As these homey figs ripen they get softer until they hang like bags on their stems. Their green skins get thinner to the point of bursting and their formerly pale, seedy flesh becomes a melt-in-your mouth, symphony of rich, burgundy-coloured, sweetness.

More than anything, the sweet brown turkey figs that I enjoyed today made my mouth water for the luxurious taste of the fully ripe figs to come—which I imagine as the sum of all the days of spring and summer that went into making them. Click the images to enlarge them.

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