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Old 09-29-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Fig skin - Do you eat it?

Do you always eat it, never eat it, eat it if the figs are cooked?

I was making pasta with figs last weekend. I was unsure whether to leave the fig skins on, when slicing them up and putting them in the sauce. I ended up peeling them, just in case.

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Old 09-29-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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My grandfather had a huge black mission fig tree in his yard. As kids we would climb it eat the figs right off the tree skin and all. I like the flavor of the skins with the friut.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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A little off-topic!

About figs and skins, we have a humorous old saying here in Italy:

"fare come gli antichi
che mangiavan la buccia
e buttavano i fichi"

It means to do something really silly. Literally:

"doing as the ancient ones
who ate the skin
and threw away the figs"!

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Old 09-29-2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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I definitely do eat the skins. That being said, I think the skin on the black figs are a little more 'earthy/ green' tasting to me than the yellow figs.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:15 PM   #5
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skins on no other way to eaat them for me.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:12 PM   #6
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Huh. Good to know. Have never had the fresh ones, only dried, so I would probably have had the same question. I would bet the fresh are delicious!
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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We have a very short fig season and when they are in I eat everything except the stem. I wish we could get them year round. We do have fig preserves the rest of the year.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:21 AM   #8
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Huh. Good to know. Have never had the fresh ones, only dried, so I would probably have had the same question. I would bet the fresh are delicious!
Yes, the fresh ones are delicious. They taste different to the dried ones, but I like both. :)

I will certainly leave the skins on in future, after all the reassurance in the thread, and I won't just eat the skins and throw away the rest. :)
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never thought about figs having "skins!" I've always eaten the whole thing.
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:18 PM   #10
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Pretty tough to peel a well ripened fresh fig. Maybe Luca has some anecdotes he can tastefully share about the term figa secca?
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