Fresh figs are in season around the beginning of Autumn – see if you can catch them at the markets or your local green grocer. It can be a case of “now you see them, now you don’t!!”.
If you have a fig tree in your garden, this is the time of year that you may see many flying foxes coming to visit, as they feast on the fruit.
Figs feature in many ancient human cultures…
Abrahamic traditions: Figs are native to the Mediterranean region, and some depictions of the Garden of Eden feature fig trees. Adam and Eve covered themselves with leaves that are often said to be from the fig tree. In Islam, there were two forbidden trees in Eden – the fig and olive trees.
Buddhist tradition: Buddhist legend says that Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, attained enlightement while sitting under the bodhi tree, which is a type of fig tree. This tree is a symbol of enlightenment in Buddhism.
Greek and Roman traditions: Demeter, the Greek goddess, was welcomed into the house of a man in Attica in Greece. He treated her kindly and, as thanks for his hospitality, she gave him the first fig tree. In both Greek and Roman mythology, figs can be associated with Dionysus (Bacchus to the Romans), the god of wine and drunkenness!
Figs have wonderful health-giving properties…
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Chinese Natural Cures by Henry C. Lu
This recipe is designed for an induglent treat, a little something to have on your morning porridge or perhaps savoured after dinner with a dessert wine.
You could make a healthier version – options are given below!