Those Figging Birds!

On my daily inspection this morning, a bird fluttered out of my fig tree.   Sure enough, I spotted a not-quite-ripe fruit torn open and left gaping at the sky.  I picked the fig off the tree in case it encourages the burglar’s return, feeling deliciously malicious.

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The fig would have been perfect tomorrow; that’s why I left it on the tree yesterday but now it’s gone.  I guess the bird figured that I might pick it a day early which I promptly did with other figs that were close to ripe.

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The two at the bottom of the picture were picked yesterday

A day-old fig is not the same as a ripe-and-ready-to-eat fig fresh off the tree.  There is no comparison at all.  The skin of the fig becomes leathery and the ‘flesh’ loses its vitality.  It is no wonder that people don’t like store bought figs.

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to Those Figging Birds!

  1. angela1313 says:

    Most Americans only know figs from the Fig Newton cookie, a mass produced wrap of congealed sawdust bearing no resemblance at all to shortbread filled with faintly fig flavored glue enhanced with far too much sugar. I loved them as a kid, they were better than the icky neon stuff my friends liked. Thankfully I discovered both real shortbread and figs. I was twenty five the first time I had one when a date brought a bottle of wine, a baguette, salami and cheese and a bag of fresh figs for a picnic.

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  2. gaiainaction says:

    What a shame Mary! You are right there is no comparison, once I ate a fig – ripe and straight from the tree, it was delicious!

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  3. taphian says:

    Well, if I were a bird, I would steel these figs, too, hehe, they just look so delicious

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  4. Dalo 2013 says:

    Couldn’t agree more ~ nothing quite like a perfectly ripe fig right off the tree. Your bird “friends” are smart too and know the great flavor. Enjoyed this post Mary, and wish you success defending your figdom…love the line “feeling deliciously malicious…”

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