The Boy & the Fig

People, I find, either love figs or hate them. Mostly it’s less about the food than the tree. If you love figs and you have a fig tree, you are thrilled every late summer when the branches are nearly exploding with ripe fruit. If you hate figs, you despair as the ground of your garden or driveway are littered with gooey, sticky, fly-covered fruit. Others have fig trees and are merely agnostic about them. “Oh, yeah… it’s a nice tree. But we never eat the figs. No idea what to do with them.”

Eat them, my friends, eat them.

My friends with fig trees are never surprised when they invite us over in the late summer and find me clinging simian-like amidst the high branches of a tree or scaling a wall. Some of them look at me skeptically and ask what on earth I’m going to do with the fruits — fig haters, they. Here’s what I teach them:

There’s something sexy and carnal about figs. The way they hang ripely. The way they burst open and reveal their ruby insides. Even the leaves bring to mind Renaissance paintings of Adam & Eve in the garden, body parts barely covered by fig leaves, succumbing to the allure of temptation. But I digress…

I dreamed of having my own fig tree. Last week, we had a surveyor out. We’d always thought our property extended beyond the fence but weren’t sure. I was walking the additional half acre or so we’d picked up in the process with him, and he pointed to a tree. “Well, that’s a strange looking tree!” I looked over, and there hidden among the oaks, a beautiful tall fig tree, reaching its limbs to clear the canopy. Right on the far corner of my own property! So maybe next summer, if you’re lucky, you won’t find me lurking in your yard and scaling your wall…

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. glennis
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:08:29

    Congrats on the fig tree!!

    Sean, I posted on my blog about a Seattle restaurant that reminded me of you. Now, if you could only open one up next door……

    Hope you guys are staying cool


    • scolgin
      Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:16:46

      I’ll have to walk you guys on the “extra” property and show you the fig tree when you get back! And NO, we’re not staying cool. }:-|


    • scolgin
      Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:21:27

      And don’t forget, Glennis… you and [the Man You Love} are always invited into our kitchen. It’s better than having a restaurant next door — it’s FREE!


  2. Andrea Thompson
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:10:27

    That was a BEAUTIFUL appetizer. Unfortunately, really bad things, which I won’t go into here, happen to my gastrointestinal situation when I eat them!!


  3. Lisa Gaskin
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 19:43:32

    I love figs and I hate dates.


  4. Suzanna
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 00:24:57

    When you say “heated oven”, how hot, exactly, do you mean? (would a record-breaking 113 degrees do? 🙂 )


  5. monica
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 20:13:11

    Looks amazing Sean, I will definitely try that dish. All my favorites figs, goat cheese and balsamic. Yum!


  6. occupational therapy
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 12:31:47

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!


  7. blockhead
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 01:59:27

    Hey colgie. Looking for fig recipe wrapped in bacon product


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