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Figs

Figs are almost too famous to be considered exotic anymore

The fig is so well-known that we hardly even realise that it is officially an exotic crop. The first fig trees stood in western Asia. It is one of the earliest fruits to be cultivated by man.

Figs have a thin skin that is leathery to the touch but edible. The colour of this pear-like fruit is determined by its variety: black, purple, green or yellow. The pulp can also differ: from pink and red to purple or green. The fleshy interior of figs has a sweet taste, with small edible seeds.

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Storage advice

  • Transport and storage: Figs are transported and stored at temperatures between 2 and 5˚C.
  • Shop: Figs are best displayed in the refrigerator.

Variëteiten

Brown Turkey underpowered

Brown Turkey figs are by far the most popular variety, recognisable by their thin, light green and purple skin. The riper the fruit, the more the colour turns purple. Inside, the soft flesh is pink to red.

Bursa

If you prefer sweet, choose Bursa figs. It is one of the sweetest fig varieties available. The skin is dark purple and powderless with red to purple flesh on the inside.

Autumn Honey

Similar to the Brown Turkey variety, but with a thin, brownish and non-powdered skin. The fruit turns purple as it ripens. This variety can be grown in colder regions.

Black Mission

Black Mission is one of the smaller fig varieties. The red-and-black skin reveals light-coloured flesh.

Torro Sentado

This variety is smaller than Brown Turkey and has a pointed shape. The skin is dark in colour.

Our figs are grown in:

Israel, Turkey, Peru, Brazil and Mexico

Packaging options

  • Loose per package of 1 or 1.2 kg, sizes varying from 16 – 24
  • Packed in a flowpack or plastic tray per 4 pieces, per package of 6 x 4 pieces

The choice of packaging is yours: either with the EAT ME look or with your private label.

Growing and harvesting

At the grower's

Figs are part of the ficus family, a crop that is also popular as a houseplant. Fig trees are actually species that are more and more bred. They are grafted onto wild rootstocks. Growers prune the fig trees in the shape that is most efficient for them.

The first flowers appear on the fig tree after 2 to 3 years. They develop into fruit in 3 months. Fig trees can continue to produce fruit for decades. Harvesting is manual work. Figs are carefully collected in baskets before being transported to packing stations. This is where the process starts with rigorous selection for quality, maturity and size. After sorting, the fruit is packed and sent to Nature's Pride.

Figs - Growing & Harvesting

Recipes & preparation tips

On the go as a snack, in a summery salad or grilled with aubergines: figs are versatile guests in any cuisine. Jam is also a popular end destination for the fruit. Because figs can be eaten whole, all you need to do is briefly rinse them under the tap. Then cut the fig in half vertically and slice it.

Figs -  Recipes & Preparation

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