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Aug 20, 2011 11:41 AM

Figs in Fresno?

I keep hearing and reading everywhere that "It's fig season" but I have yet to see a single fresh fig. Anyone know where I should be looking? I love figs.

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  1. Not in your back yard but, I was in San Francisco this week and saw plenty at their Tuesday Farmer's Market (@ Ferry Building). The vendor said it's a little early and should be in more areas within a couple of weeks. So, if ya can't make it to SFO, keep a look out @ your local F.M. :)

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      If I had a car, I would drive to SF this weekend (for the figs, but not only for the figs). Sadly, no car, so I shall keep looking around local markets and grocery stores.

      It's good to know it isn't quite the height of the season yet. Perhaps the one-stand "farmer's market" down the street from my house will be getting them soon.

      EDIT: Also, if anyone knows where fresh passion fruit can be bought, I would be greatly obliged. Although I've read that it is a "specialty item" and while they can be grown in the area, few farmers do grow them and most are exported.

    2. Our backyard fig has yet to produce so it will be a little bit longer this year. BTW: figs have to be one of the easiest trees to grow. You just stick a branch in the ground and it takes over. Do you have a corner of dirt somewhere you can try your own tree? I love figs too and they almost have to be fresh off the tree, like mulberries. Hardy tree, but fragile ephemeral fruits. No wonder we love them. DH grew up on a fig ranch and as a young man went to Fresno to get trained as a fig inspector looking for critters under the microscope, so Fresno must be Fig Central. Odd tree, no blossoms or traditional tree structure - must be very ancient.

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      1. re: glbtrtr

        I live in an apartment and I'm not sure that the owner would love it if I started planting trees in the backyard... although I bet the other residents would be cool with fresh figs. Hmm. Perhaps I should just plant one and see what happens.

        1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

          We had one come up as a "volunteer" through the paving cracks, so their must have been an alien force midwifing that one. Plus they can be readily trained against a wall and made to behave in almost any setting.

      2. though glbrtr mentions his season isn't quite there yet, I believe he or she is on the coast (Santa Barbara, per his/her profile). Here in Merced, my backyard tree (well, technically my neighbor's tree, but since he doesn't trim it and it comes well into my yard, who is counting :-)) is producing now, though granted not yet at peak. In addition, I've seen mission figs (which is not the variety I have) the last two weeks or so at Raley's. Look near wherever they keep the berries. I've also seen them at the farmer's markets...

        The trees are indeed easy to grow and all over Fresno. Keep an eye out when you are out and about. Many fig lovers will be glad to share, as trees can be prolific and produce too much even for a fig lover. In a former house with a fig tree in the front yard, every so often someone would ring my bell for permission to take a few (gladly granted).

        now, passionfruit I've not seen in this area.

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        1. re: susancinsf

          You are right. Our fig tree is in Santa Barbara and we have had a cool summer. I see plenty of buds but very few fully formed fruits - usually by now the crops are out. The birds have not even bothered with us ...... yet , but the nets are out.

          1. re: susancinsf

            Good advice, especially about getting fruit from neighbouring yards. I've knocked on a few doors to ask about lemon or orange trees and there are cherry plum trees planted all over the place on city property. My boyfriend and I even found an abandoned house that had beautiful orange, lemon and grapefruit trees just dropping their fruit onto the ground. We picked a few bags full and were enjoying tree-ripened citrus for weeks. I'll make it a point to look next time I take the dog for a walk.

            1. re: BananaBirkLarsen


              I live in Santa Clarita and purchased white figs yesterday in my local ethnic market. 99C for the basket! ...They're on the way...
              Do you have ethnic markets. Sometimes they get stuff no other does.

              1. re: Kitchen Queen

                I'm not quite sure what we have. I've only been living here a year and am still having fun figuring it out. I did find the most amazing tomatoes at the Asian supermarket a few blocks away.

          2. I went on a fig hunting expedition today with my boyfriend and our trusty chihuahua-weenie mix. After an hour and a half of walking, we were starting to give up hope. We had seen only one, Charlie Brown fig tree with a single, over-ripe fig hanging from its branches. But we ate that fig and kept on walking.

            And then we saw it, looming up on the side of the road. An overgrown lot, containing an abandoned fig grove. Many of the figs were rotting or burnt from the sun, but there were still plenty of ripe ones as well, hidden among the dried out branches.

            In any case, my wish for fresh figs has been answered. We now have two bags dripping fig juice all over the counter and I have the task of finding ways to use them all before they go bad.

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