Locally-grown Figs top the list of Fresh Picks this week at the Summer Certified Farmers’ Market. Figs are a Summer favorite in California where several varieties have been cultivated and consumed since the late 1700s. And although that, in itself, seems like a long time, the fact is that Figs have an even longer history with humans. Fossilized Figs have actually been discovered in Neolithic villages in the Jordan Valley, dating back as far as 9400 BC. – one thousand years before the next food crops (wheat, barley and rye) were domesticated. That means Figs are likely the oldest plants ever domesticated by humans!
Several varieties of fresh Figs are available at the market, including Brown Turkey Figs, White Kadota Figs and Black Mission Figs. All of them are lusciously sweet, with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Variation between the varieties relates to the overall sweetness of the flesh. Black Mission Figs tend to be the sweetest, with an almost syrupy sweetness. They are great with cheeses or as a dessert. Brown Turkey Figs are less sweet and have a bright fresh flavor. They work well as appetizers, in salads, or in sweet/savory dishes. White Kadota Figs are favorites with people who prefer a less sweet fig, and enjoy their unique fruity flavor. They pair well with other fruits, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese.
DID YOU KNOW: Figs were so highly regarded in Ancient Greece that their export was forbidden. People found guilty of exporting Figs were prosecuted as criminals.
Price: $ 4 per container or $10 for a 3-pack
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of fresh flowers.
Contact the Certified Farmers’ Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.