Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fresh Figs and Local Chevre

Our little fig tree is finally bearing fruit. A tiny harvest, adorned with local Spinning Spider chevre and sourwood honey seemed nearly timeless as I sorted through some recently inherited table linens and lace. I live for the moments when I am not entirely sure of what century this is.

*Tidbits and Nutritional Notes:
Though commonly referred to as a fruit, figs are actually the flower of the fig tree, which grow in tandem with the seeds as one entity. One of the first plants cultivated by humans, it's specialized pollinator, the fig wasp, must enter the fig by way of a very narrow passageway (the ostiole) to pollinate the tiny flower which grows within.
Figs are one of the highest plant sources of fiber and calcium. High in flavonoids, antioxidants, and polyphenols, figs make for a great choice in baking, sweetening and nibbling.

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