Figs grow on the Ficus tree, a member of the mulberry family. There are many different varieties of fig, varying in colour and texture. Figs can be eaten both fresh and dried and with smooth skin, chewy flesh and crunchy seeds, they provide a unique combination of textures. Ficus trees produce their best fruits in hot, dry areas with plenty of water for its roots, so the Riverland area in South Australia is an ideal climate for them to thrive in.
Jill Trewartha, from Do Bee Honey, suggests using figs to create a delicious, sweet jam. You’ll need 250g of fresh figs, 125g of Lucerne honey and the juice of half a lemon. Slice the figs and place them in a saucepan on low heat with the honey and lemon. Bring to the boil gradually, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for around ten minutes, or until think and set, and remember to keep stirring.
Figs can be found at Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market at The Food Forest, Do Bee Honey, Willabrand, McLaren Vale Orchards & Miss Merbein, Adelaide Hills Fresh Chestnuts, N&M Tsimiklis, Gerry Bariamis, Cooinda Proprietors and Fat Goose Fruits stalls. N&M Tsimiklis will also be trading at the Prospect Farmers’ Market.