Thursday, June 28, 2007

First Fruits

The figs have started coming in at the house in Houston. I'm sure they are ripening at the other house, too, but WE DON'T LIVE THERE YET!!

I like figs just fine, but the real reason we harvest them it to make preserves for my father and father-in-law. They both just love them. Now I have learned that Lar's Aunt Sarah has a fondness for them as well. I pick what is ripe each day, let them sit out overnight to ripen, and then cut the tops and freeze them. When the harvest is over, I make preserves. Yummy!


Michelle Potter said...

I can take figs or leave them, but it sounds very cool to be harvesting and preserving your own fruit. :)

Anonymous said...

Ann says: Figs are so biblical. We know they were eaten during the time of Jesus earthly life. It is always so cool to realize that a food has such a straight connection. I have the beginnings of a fig tree that is a shoot from my Grandfather's farm which was planted in about 1900, and a cutting then grew at my parent's home even now. When we sold it this spring, I decided the connection had to continue, so I brought a bit of the root and some brances. It is now about 2 1/2 feet tall, and looks very healthy.
I hope to pick figs and persere them someday, just like the women before me!

Beth said...

I L-O-V-E figs! My grandparents, on both sides had huge fig trees & I learned to preserve figs by the time I was 12 years old! Then when I married I was delighted to find my in-laws had 2 huge fig trees in their back yard and let me have all I wanted. However, sad to say, since I moved to Houston in '89 I've had NO figs. No room to plant a tree, my parents and grand parents and in-laws have more trees. But let me tell you...I've got Wonderful Memories! Fresh and preserved figs are THE BEST!!! Enjoy