White Figs for the Taking

@JudyEv (130710)
Bunbury, Australia
January 11, 2017 3:12pm CST
Yesterday we drove into our nearest town for a few provisions. We met a lady that we know quite well and stopped to exchange pleasantries. She had a bucketful of ripe figs in the car and gave us some to take home. As you can see they are big and full – and luscious! They are 'white' figs. I know they look green but they're known as 'white' as opposed to the purple figs which are perhaps more common. When I was a child on the farm we had a white fig tree but the fruit were about a quarter the size of these. I used to 'climb' the tree when I was small but some years later I realised I'd got maybe two feet off the ground. Our friend was the second person we met yesterday who said it had been a very fruitful (pardon the pun) year for home orchardists. Extra rain during the early part of the growing season has resulted in some bumper crops. Do you like figs? Have you had fig jam? Fig jam with cream is just the best.
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@Corbin5 (113412)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I do believe I like figs, but have not had one in a very long time. I do not think I have encountered a white fig, though.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
These are very nice. I think perhaps they are a bit firmer than the purple fig which suits me.
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• Peoria, Arizona
11 Jan 17
I never actually knew what figs looked like. Those are huge! I never had a fig or anything with fig in it. So I have no idea if I like them haha worth a try though. That was also super nice of sher to give you all those figs, that is awesome.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
They are a hardy tree. There is one near an abandoned railway station not too far away and it is very wide-spreading. The fruit are very small though because the tree only gets water when it rains.
• Peoria, Arizona
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv That is really interesting. We do not trust any fruits from random trees here, most are just rotten or people get in trouble if they pick them.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@DesirousDreamer I don't know if anyone picks these. They would be quite dry I think because they don't get much water.
• Preston, England
11 Jan 17
used to like fig biscuits but not seen them for years
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
I've never heard of fig biscuits. I've only eaten them fresh or as jam.
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• Preston, England
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv biscuits often called fig rolls, apparently dating to ancient Egypt
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@arthurchappell We have a biscuit a bit like this but I think it is dried fruit inside rather than figs.
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@xFiacre (4824)
• Ireland
11 Jan 17
@judyev Don't those look a bit like huge Brussels sprouts? I like figs but they are a bit seedy.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
Mum was always complaining about the seeds getting under her dentures.
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@amadeo (70721)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Fig I love.Yes,have them when I can get them.I had fig jelly
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
Fig jelly with cream is nice, isn't it?
@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
16 Jan 17
I was gifted two pots of jam on Saturday - one grape and one peaches and we got talking about the fig variety - not many figs grown around out parts, so its not easy to come by - but I do love FIGS in any which way you like to present.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jan 17
Fig jam and cream is pretty good.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
18 Jan 17
@JudyEv mmmmm I went to see if I could get some figs this morning - they are imported and cost about $5 for 4 - thats too dear for me
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jan 17
@Inlemay $5 FOR 4!! I'd be giving them a miss too. :)
@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
I don't know of figs. Is that a fruit? I'm not familiar with that. How does it taste like or similar too?
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
It is a fruit and doesn't have a strong taste. It has lots of tiny seeds but they are easy to eat. I can't really say that it tastes like anything else.
@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv Lots of tiny seed like a guava? It's juicy I guess
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@averygirl72 It's not overly juicy but it's certainly moist.
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@LeaPea2417 (21622)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan 17
I like figs a lot. We have a fig tree in our yard that produces the purple figs in the Summer.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
Have you ever made jam with them?
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@LeaPea2417 (21622)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv No, but I have made a fig pie with them and it was interesting because it tasted sort of like an apple pie.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@LeaPea2417 That's good to know.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Jan 17
I like Fig Newton cookies!
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
I've never heard of them! But cookies sound good. :)
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv - They are a soft cookie filled with figs. They're really good.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@teamfreak16 They sound nice. You also get fig (perhaps it's dried?) on fancy platters or degustations or whatever. I'd forgotten about that.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
11 Jan 17
Our neighbour has a white fig tree and occasionally some drop over our side of the fence.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
That's handy. Are you training a branch or two your way? :)
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv lol, we just had to have the branches cut back as they were reaching over onto our roof.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
@valmnz Now that is getting just a bit too friendly! :)
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@shaggin (37317)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I like fig cookies but I have never had fig any other way. I am not sure how else it is eaten except for now I know from your post it is used to make jam as well. I have never seen a fig in person. Glad the locals where you are had the extra water to get more crops this year!
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
And I've never had fig cookies. I don't any other way of eating or cooking figs either. One lady has a cherry tree that hasn't fruited for a few years and it is overloaded this year.
@shaggin (37317)
• United States
12 Jan 17
@JudyEv Fig newtons are considered Fig cookies I believe... those are what I meant.
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@youless (93191)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Jan 17
I don't know that the fresh figs look like that. It seems that they are red when I saw them from TV. Are the green figs eatable? We don't have the fresh figs here, so I have never known how it tastes like. We have dried figs here and we use them to make the soup. Then the soup will be very sweet and delicioius.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan 17
Both types are edible. The insides look like your guava.
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@Julie555 (2549)
12 Jan 17
MMM... Very delicious and juicy fruit
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
They certainly are. I had one a few minutes ago.
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@Kandae11 (40406)
11 Jan 17
I have never tasted a fig -- can you describe the taste.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
No . It is very hard to describe a taste. They do have a lot of tiny seeds about the size of poppyseeds I guess. Maybe it's a bit like a very soft pear. It doesn't have a strong taste - pretty nondescript.
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@TRBRocks420 (81222)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jan 17
You can't go wrong with free figs.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
That's true. We are enjoying these. :)
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Jan 17
I am not a fig fan, but never had them super fresh, so maybe that makes a difference
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
These are yummy. Very fleshy but sometimes they can be a bit dry.
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@KristenH (24753)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Jan 17
Those are some figs.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jan 17
They're massive aren't they?
@just4him (124364)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jan 17
I do love figs. I don't see them very often at the store which is a shame. I love the cookie/cake fig newtons. I've never had fig jam. I'm sure it tastes very good.
@allknowing (68886)
• India
12 Jan 17
I have a fig tree and the figs are red. They are ok to eat but not as good as those that are normally found
@rina110383 (24070)
12 Jan 17
Haven't tried eating figs. I don't think we have them here in the Philippines. Haven't seen one.