Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lo que no mata engorda: My first fresh fig in Figueras


Figueras, birthplace of Salvador Dali, home to his incredible museum, and the place where I conquered my first fresh fig.

We arrived in Figueras to a more-than-slight drizzle and on our way to the Dali Museum, clutching a much too small FC Barcelona umbrella, we stumbled upon the market, which of course I had to explore a bit. And there I saw them. Fruits that, before that moment, I had only seen in pictures. Yes, never before had I laid eyes on a fresh fig (you can only find the dried variety here).

My knees were shaking as I asked the lady in my broken Spanish if they were already ripe because I was going to eat them now (now, now, now!). And eat them I did…first slowly and carefully, exploring the fig with all my senses and savoring is sweet flavor and soft flesh, and then quickly and greedily, giddy with discovery. Inside they are as bright a ruby as in all the pictures I have seen. Their taste a bright, almost innocent version of their intense dried counterpart. My first fig…but definitely not my last on this trip.

19 comments:

Midge said...

Fresh figs: my, but those treats are so rare here in the 'Pinas! (Last time I actually had one was over a decade ago!) Glad you enjoyed your "figgy" fun, Joey. :D

angelika said...

That's a "sweet" story, Joey. Isn't it amazing - you have such a bounty of fruits in the country where you live, but no peaches and figs ! But in a way it is comforting to know and see that you cannot get everything anywhere, so there is still some to discover ! Have a great day, angelika

christine said...

Jo!!! What a coincidence you posted this today! I had my first fresh fig too! In a fruit patch in Sonoma. It was unexpected as I was hoping to get some at the Ferry Building on Saturday still. I loved it ! Just as sweet and delicious as I thought it would be. I;m dreaming of it with gorgonzola cheese, or grilled and wrapped with prosciutto! Miss you girl!~

Barbara said...

OOh I'm so jealous Joey. Lucky you.

Ivonne said...

They are soooooo beautiful! I bet they were incredible.

Ivonne said...

They are soooooo beautiful! I bet they were incredible.

in-JeN-iosiTy said...

Oh my, my dear Joey...such passion in eating your figs! I see them available in The Fruit Store in Greenhills, but I've yet to try them. I hope I get the chance to face my first fresh fig in Figueras as well.... =)

Marketmanila said...

Joey, I LOVE FRESH FIGS! Next time split them in half, wrap them with a nice slice of bacon or prosciutto, a little drizzle of good balsamic and pop into a hot oven until the bacon is cooked. Fresh they are sublime... geez, from the comments, it seems SOMEONE carries fresh figs in Greenhills? The last time I had them, a friend brought them in from HK!

Zita said...

Fresh figs are really nice. My mother-in-law just loves them. I remember she made lamb with fig sauce from fresh figs and they were delightful.
Glad you are having a great time there. If you happen to come across some jamon serrano, can you make sure the 1st bite's for me? Cheers!

Katrina said...

I'm so envious! That's all I can say. I'm so jealous! Please, can someone confirm that fresh figs are available in Greenhills so I can stop burning with envy?!

ChichaJo said...

Hey Midge! I did enjoy it...more than once after that too! :)

Hi Angelika! I agree with you 100%! I love discovering new tastes. And I also love the way I can find a fresh fig "exotic" the same way someone across the globe would find a pineapple or a mango "exotic"...more reason for people to get out there and meet each other, and exchange fruits! Heehee :)

NENS!!! Hello! I can't believe it! It is a big coincidence :) Can't wait for you to be back so we can share fig stories...hehehe :) Miss you!!!

Hi Barbara! I don't think I'll have one in a looong while though...

Hi Ivonne! They were absolutely magical! Of course, there is always some kind of magic in any first...but they were really delicious! :)

Jen! You must tell us where in Greenhills is The Fruit Store! As you can see there are a lot of fig fans here :)

Hi Marketman! Sigh...I am now a total fan as well! Let's hope we can finally find them here :) With bacon or prosciutto? That has my name all over it! :) YUM!

Hi Zita! C had a lamb with fig sauce dish in the Costa Brava and it was wonderful! You are very lucky to have a mother-in-law that makes it! I am back already but I think I ate enough jamon for us all while I was there! Haha!

Hi Katrina! I think it's time for a fig hunting expedition...cross your fingers! :)

in-JeN-iosiTy said...

Hello Joey! The fruit Store is beside VMall along side Milky way, Trance Cafe and Dimsumand Dumplings. I'm sorry for causing quite a stir from my comment...I really think I saw figs available there during one of my visits a few months back...with all the querries here about its availability, I went there yesterday but there weren't any avaible =(...I'm so sorry about that

ChichaJo said...

Hey Jen! Thanks so much for going out of your way to check! :) And thanks for the store info...I'm always happy to check out new places to buy fruits :)

ooishigal said...

This market is one of most beautiful that i saw, thank you for me remind these good memories :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ooishigal! Glad you enjoyed the post :) It was a very nice market :)

MrsA said...

Yup, Joey, no figs at the fruit store... i had to check today too cause i got all exited... i didnt know there were that many fig lovers here either :-) im glad... you have the most awesome pix. loooks like you had a really great honeymoon-!

ChichaJo said...

Hello mrsa! Something tells me I know you :) Too bad there are no figs...perhaps someday...siiiigh. The honeymoon was fantastic! :)

Anonymous said...

years ago the manila seedling bank had fig trees growing under the plastic tents. I dont know how they made these bear fruit as I understand you need to cross-pollinate them artificiallly or use a wasp endemic to the mediterranean. I didnt ask if they were sweet though but they did look delish!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anonymous person :) That's interesting...wish they'd give it another go...