California Fig Seasons
There are two seasons for figs in California. The first crop starts up around the end of May and lasts only for a few weeks. We will see a gap for about a month until the second and much more flavorful crop is harvested in late July or at the beginning of August. Figs love warm days and night time warmth. California figs are usually grown in the central valley around the Fresno/Reedly area to up north of Sacramento in Corning.
Buyer beware! The first crop will not have developed the flavor you have come to expect from figs. Your patience will be rewarded when the second crop arrives and the first bite reveals a honey sweetness that is perfect all on its own.
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. Please share your favorite ways to eat figs on our Facebook wall.