What’s in Season – Figs

We are so excited to announce the arrival of figs for the season at Market. Bursting with flavour and delivered fresh by our stallholders, these are the first fruits of the season, and we’re so excited they’re back in abundance.  

Figs hold a well-deserved global reputation. As one of the oldest known fruits, they have truly stood the test of time. In fact, the fig holds a special honour as being one of the first fruits ever harvested by humans! 

Figs possess a unique feature that sets them apart from other fruits – which is that they are technically not a fruit at all. Strictly speaking, figs are described as inverted flowers. The inside of a fig is where hundreds of flowers produce seeds and bloom. However, figs cannot reproduce without the help of propagation from fig wasps. Fig wasps and figs both rely on each other for survival in nature. 

As they are highly perishable, figs have an ideal freshness that is achieved when consumed within a few days. When you spot figs at Market, it means that our farmers have carefully picked these delicious fruits from the trees, packed them, and brought them straight to you to enjoy. However, given the limited shelf life of fresh figs (usually lasting 2-3 days), it’s recommended that you eat them as soon as you can.  

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy them. You can preserve their flavours by drying them, making it possible to incorporate them into your recipes throughout the year. Alternatively, you can transform them into delicious, sweet jams. Figs, due to their naturally amazing sweetness, also make great additions to desserts, biscuits, ice cream, you name it.  

If you’re looking for figs at Market, make sure to stop by our stallholders Yenda Strawberries & Figs, Wollondilly Produce, Hill Lock Orchards, and Jafaries Produce to pick up some of the incredible fresh produce for this season. We’re sure they could tell you an interesting fact or two about figs! 

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