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and...today a bag with around 30 figs. I'm told there will be more tomorrow.😬

 

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12 hours ago, Margaret Pilgrim said:

Halve figs but leave the stem end intact.   Place in a buttered baking dish.   Cover with clumps of fresh goat cheese or fromage blanc.  A very few rosemary leaves.   Roast in hot oven until cheese starts to melt.   Drizzle with a few drops of very good balsamic vinegar.     Cheese course, dessert or breakfast.   

 

I may just try this to see if it cures my aversion to figs.  It has to be better than fig newtons.

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Ripe figs split open, topped with blue cheese, and on the grill for a few minutes. A drizzle of honey to finish, or as somebody suggested upthread, balsamic.

 

On an onion tart, with blue cheese or goat cheese.

 

Chopped up finely along with olives, then dressed with a little balsamic and olive oil. A topper over goat cheese or fromage blanc on toasts.

 

In a salad with grapes, bananas and pecans. 

 

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Coincidentally, I was thinking about figs today after seeing these which an itinerant vendor was carrying.

 

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That got me thinking about these, which I've seen many, many times over the last few years. Dried figs. 

 

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I have no idea how they are used; must find out. I suspect they are involved in TCM (Chinese Traditional Medicine) but don't actually know, but then everything else is.

Interestingly (perhaps), the Chinese name for figs, 无花果 (wú huā guǒ) translates literally as 'no flower fruit'.

 

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My husband isn't crazy about figs, so I'll probably make compote and freeze it. I have a sad orange in the fridge so I'll put the peel to good use. Alternately contemplating a crostada...but with the heat the idea of working with any butter laden crust seems like a bad idea.

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A base of creme fraiche or dilute sour cream, fresh mozz and goat or blue cheese then figs a pizza => divine.   A kiss of rosemary and balsamic = heaven.   

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I wound up making compote with this batch, added some julienned orange rind which is really nice, and a smidge of cardamom. 

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12 minutes ago, BeeZee said:

I wound up making compote with this batch, added some julienned orange rind which is really nice, and a smidge of cardamom. 

Should be divine with  ma cheese course.

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Filipina caregiver supervisor showed up with pancit with very springy enjoyable noodles, pork adobo, and garlic rice. A lovely surprise.

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Just went out to buy some beers at the local mom 'n' pop and the guy threw in this small bunch of 鸡皮果 (jī pí guǒ), chicken skin fruit, aka 山黄皮 (shān huáng pí), mountain yellow skin.

 

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12 minutes ago, liuzhou said:

Just went out to buy some beers at the local mom 'n' pop and the guy threw in this small bunch of 鸡皮果 (jī pí guǒ), chicken skin fruit, aka 山黄皮 (shān huáng pí), mountain yellow skin.

 

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What do you do with it?

 

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13 minutes ago, JeanneCake said:

looks a little like grapes....

 

 

Yes. And about the same size. But totally different in every other respect.

They can be quite sour and have a citrus flavour despite being unrelated to that family.

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I was gifted this box of hybrid plum/cherries.  They’re much sweeter that plums which I often find too tart. The person who grew them is a professor of horticulture at the local university.  I’m going to make chutney, preserves or jam.  May dehydrate some.  Any other ideas are welcome.

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25 minutes ago, Jacksoup said:

I was gifted this box of hybrid plum/cherries.

Are these not the same fruit that @blue_dolphindiscussed earlier. Would love to get my hands on some. 

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Hybrid-Crisp

 

New England style.

 

but most in chutney.

 

different styles and heat.

 

sweet and then tart.

 

hard work

 

appreciated latter.

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