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California Fig Season Has Started

California figs are usually grown in the central valley around the Fresno/Reedly area to up north of Sacramento in Corning.  There are two seasons for figs, one starting in June and the other starting in August. It is only in the last 5 years that the Coachella valley has starting growing figs.

The Coachella Valley includes Palm Springs and the Salton Sea area which get earlier heat than the central valley near Fresno.  Figs love warm days and night time warmth and in particular Brown Turkey Figs seem to survive the heat better than the other varieties.  Coachella valley can easily hit up to 100 degrees in the day and around 72 degrees at night during June.  After July 7th the heat will be too hot and the figs will start to ferment.

Earl’s just received Brown Turkey figs from the Coachella Valley this morning.  They will fill the short gap before the Black Mission fig June season starts up in the next week or so.

Brown Turkey Figs

The figs are all hand-picked by workers wearing long sleeves because of the scratchy leaves and reactions some workers have due to the sap on the trees. The figs are packed into 3 gallon buckets and then cooled by fans in a warehouse which suck out the fruit’s internal heat from 100 to 44 degrees.  This allows the fruit to stay fresh and delicious tasting during the farm to table journey. The figs are then packed into pints in an air conditioned warehouse and then loaded onto a refrigerated truck to a location near you.

How to eat fresh figs? Out of hand is the easiest but they are also delicious cut up and tossed in a salad or try putting goat cheese in the middle and then drizzling with a little honey.

Brown Turkey Figs

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