a good problem to have August 18, 2008

We have a beautiful 60-year-old fig tree in our yard, and a few weeks ago I snapped a photo of one branch laden with little green baby figs:

figs on the tree

Well, yesterday we went over to see how they were faring and surprise! The tree was loaded with dozens and dozens of ripe delicious figs, with hundreds more halfway there. We gathered this huge bowl’s worth in twenty minutes or so — this isn’t including the ones we passed on to four different neighbors!

one day's worth of figs

I quickly froze this bunch, but by tomorrow or the next day I’m sure the next round will be ready to go. I’m a total amateur at this, but I’m hoping to make some fig preserves or something else nice with this huge bounty. If anyone has suggestions, links, or recipes, I’d love to hear them! And if anyone in Portland would like some fresh figs, just give me a shout.

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