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The New Basics Cookbook

By Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

Published 1989

  • About
Fresh figs are to us one of the most sensual fruits in the world. The flower grows within the fruit, leaving the tree with no blossoms. What is eaten is actually the pulp surrounding the fleshy blossoms.
Americans are just beginning to appreciate fresh figs—California, of course, leads in production stateside. The rest of the world depends on Spain, Italy, and Turkey for their supplies. We see basically just three varieties in the States: Black Mission figs, which are purple, honey flavored, and rich; Calimyrna figs, which are amber colored and richly flavored; and Kadota figs, which are green, fragrant, with a lighter sweet flavor.