My New Fruit Love is the Adriatic Fig

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The gorgeous, delicious, magical Adriatic Fig.

This past weekend I made it over to Fig Fest at One Green World Nursery. One of the things that was on my docket was to try the different figs they had to offer; there were seven varieties to sample.

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By far the most impressive to my tastebuds was the Adriatic Fig. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to taste one! It has such a fantastic flavor—very fruity, sweet but not cloying, and had flavors of currant, strawberry, and was—to use a wine term—kind of “jammy.” I thought it was a superior fruit.

My first question was, “can you buy an Adriatic Fig tree here?” I was told that they would have the plants in the spring, and I am keeping that in mind. I like figs but most varieties still have a kind of green grassiness to them; the Adriatic Fig had none of that, just wonderful fruity figginess.

Fig Fest was a great time—it was a chance to look at all the wonderful plants they have for sale, chat with the staff, and enjoy the space. I ended up coming home with a huckleberry, a yellow lavender, and a bit of Rubus calycinoides, which is a creeping raspberry (fruits are small yet tasty) ground cover.

Here are some other photos from Fig Fest:

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Sechuan pepper plant! I almost bought one of them.

Who knew pawpaws could grow out here? Not me; I always associate them with the east coast. Pawpaws are one of the fruits indigenous to the North American continent. They are very special.

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Beautiful yarrow.

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Two kinds of grapes: Interlaken on the left, Canadice on the right. Both seedless. The Interlaken tasted a bit floral and honey-like; the Canadice tasted more like the familiar red seedless grapes we’re used to.

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Pink Pearl Apple—nice and crisp, though not as flavorful as I would have liked (especially in contrast to the Adriatic Fig). I’d love to see pink applesauce made from it, though.

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Pineapple Guava! I’d love to taste one of those. 

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The exterior of this tasty fig was striking: behold the Panache Tiger Fig.

It was a really fun event to attend. I’m told that they are planning a Fall festival, too, so stay tuned for that.

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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