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  • How do you eat your Figs: Skin, no skin, whole, cut in half, with sugar, dipped in dressing, etc?

    My wife just likes to eat them whole with a couple of bites or just 1 if small.... Honestly after eating several figs this year... I personally do not like the skin as it doesn't have any good flavor to it and doesn't really compliment the fruit IMO.... anyone else out there that just prefers to just eat the inside of the Fig? Am I alone lol

  • #2
    Clay, don't know how many different varieties you have tasted but there are many that have skin that compliments the pulp very nicely, IMHO.

    Right off the tree, preserves, salads, pastry and many appitizers.
    newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

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    • #3
      To me they are best fresh off the tree. I like to eat the whole fig, skin and all. If it's a small fig, like Celeste it's gone in one bite but larger figs may take two or three bites.
      Wishlist; Green Michurinska, St. Rita
      Tony
      Sarver, PA Zone 6A.

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      • #4
        I am so thankful to find a fig whether in the store or on a tree that I eat the whole thing!!!!!!!

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        • #5
          Whole, and as many as I can get...lol
          Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

          “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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          • #6
            Fresh off the tree, they don't need any condiments...

            I will sometimes freeze the extras and eat them with Vanilla ice cream.

            On most fully ripe figs the skin, rind and pulp all develop their own flavors, also the sweetest part of a ripe fig is usually between the skin and rind.
            Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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            • #7
              Thanks guys.... I've only tried 3 figs so far.... Ronde D.B., C.D.D.B., and an UNK.... Maybe I need to eat the right Fig and from a mature Tree, with perfect ripeness.... I'll give the skin another shot.

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              • #8
                This is my first year having orchard fresh figs and I do like them fresh off the tree, yet I find I like them refrigerated better. Oh. .. and still whole.
                Last edited by COGardener; 11-05-2015, 08:33 PM.
                Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                • #9
                  I eat the whole thing. I imagine dipping them in chocolate wouldn't be too bad...
                  Travis
                  Pittsburgh, pa

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                  • #10
                    We don't get buckets full yet, so we eat them right of the tree. Once this year we refrigerated a few. I definitely prefer them right after picking.
                    Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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                    • #11
                      Well Claymango, your not alone technically but I've only eaten about 7 Figs total and they were recently shipped to me via USPS Priority Mail. They were ripened during cooler, wet weather and were probably in the mail a few days before making it to me. They were fairly bland and the skin didn't help so I preferred to just eat the inside and ditch the skin. Not really prime Figs I'm sure but those were the only Figs I've ever seen or eaten so I'm a newb... One exception was the Adriatic JH and it def tasted better than the rest with a slight berry taste.
                      I'm just thankful this very nice person did this for me so I could try some figs. Very nice guy who I believe isn't on this forum.
                      Bryan | Zone 7 NC

                      Wish List: Takoma Violet, Kathleen Black, BM, Preto, CdD Grise and Noir, Ventura, Maltese Falcon and Maltese Beauty.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah, I'm on here, too. I can promise you those figs will be amazing in the NC heat next year, Bryan.

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                        • #13
                          Sliced in half. Skin on. Bugs, rots, and defects get excised by the paring knife. Right off the tree is best.
                          Rafael
                          Zone 10b, Miami, FL

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                          • cjmach1973
                            cjmach1973 commented
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                            same here, but the wife makes me snip that little piece of stem off.

                        • #14
                          Do anyone remember the scene in goodfellas when they all went to prison and they were cooking pasta and gravy in the jail cell and was using a razor blade to slice the garlic so it would liquefy in the sauce???
                          I only get one single Fig this season.... I sliced mine twice as thin as his garlic!! And lay on my tongue like a breath strip.
                          Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                          1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
                          2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                          • SarinaP
                            SarinaP commented
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                            I remember that scene! What a great analogy--I'll have to try that next year.

                        • #15
                          Hello Mike.
                          I love reading your posts, lol

                          Vito

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                          • #16
                            Ahaha! Is true although! I hope everyone is well! I will try make new post tis week. Last week crazy with job but hope tis week is less time consuming.
                            Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                            1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
                            2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                            • #17
                              Here's a video showing you how to pick and eat the perfect fig

                              https://youtu.be/7-TrY7GjdFY
                              Wish List -

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                              • don_sanders
                                don_sanders commented
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                                Hah, so gross.

                            • #18
                              I agree best fresh off the tree is best, but after several days off the tree dried figs are excellent with a little balsamic vinegar on top of sliced mozzarella cheese balls, last and another favorite, take the inside out and spread on good dry cheese. Figs are just great any way you like them.....Enjoy them as much as you can, you can also use them for Halloween Costume if you are brave....
                              Chauqg Zone 6b North of Pittsburgh

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                              • #19
                                I've eaten exactly 1.25 figs. I got a tiny taste of one, then ripped the second one open and ate the inside. I don't eat the skin of any fruit (except cherries). Since the fig was stolen, I buried the skin.
                                In my search for more figs (that weren't stolen) I purchased and attempted to eat, a dried fig, but I was grossed out, since I was home, I spit it out and gave the rest away.

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                                • #20
                                  Pick and eat is the preferred way to go, but I will take them however I can get them.
                                  USDA Zone 9b Wish list: Abruzzi, Pasquale, Filacciano, Tagliacozzo, Zingarella, Godfather. Any, including unknowns, from Abruzzo, Italy.

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