Eruca Sativa is the Latin name for arugula, also known as rocket, an edible green often used in salads. This summer we have enjoyed rocket’s peppery flavor tossed with lemon olive oil and feta cheese. A friend suggested adding fresh figs to add another late summer ingredient. Fresh figs are not a staple in the VeloKitchen, but I decided to give them a try. The result was splendid and the combination of colors of the figs’ purple skin and reddish and white flesh made a beautiful presentation!
Figs are often called a fruit, but the fig is actually the flower which blooms inside the skin and the seeds are the fruit. The fig has a long cultural history starting with Adam and Eve’s fig leaves. The flowers of the common fig are female and require no pollination and some believe the fig is the oldest fruit. Aside from tasting delicious, figs are also nutritious. If you are interested in learning more, I suggest checking out Wikipedia’s entry on figs.
Figs are called “higos” in Spanish and I have eaten them in Spanish, Italian and Colombian dishes. After reading about and researching information on figs, I am inspired to look for recipes to incorporate them into our meals. If you’ve never tried a fresh fig, cut one open and taste it. If you have a great recipe, please share it!
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