Something divinely delicious is about to make its 2014 debut on the produce tables lining Israel's fresh farmer's markets. Unlike its neighboring apples and avocados, this sinfully sweet fruit has roots that dig deep down into Israel's history. A member of the Seven Species, a short list of agricultural products mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as special to the land of Israel, this Mediterranean marvel is an award winning addition to any summer meal - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tender and tasty, the fig is about to break out of its winter slumber and into the kitchens of Israeli homes, cafes, and restaurants. We can't wait!
If you're a fan of the fig like us at Delicious Israel, then you're on the lookout for recipes that celebrate this flavorful fruit. Thanks to one of our all-time favorite Israeli-born, London-based chefs, Yotam Ottolenghi, we've found instructions on how to feature the fig at its most decadent on the pretty pages of cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem. Whether accentuating the sweet or complimenting the savory, Ottolenghi uses the fig in each of the following recipes to remind us that we need not look beyond the earth's naturally tantalizing treats to concoct some of the most memorable meals.
Sign up for one of our market tours this summer to pick up your own box(es) of phenomenally fresh figs!