There is a mature fig tree in my backyard.  Last year I had a fantastic fig harvest, and it looks like the tree is again filled with figs.  I was really quite unfamiliar with figs for decades.  Then in Bogota (yes Colombia) my lunch host insisted that I try a particular sweet for dessert.  Slightly cooked figs – really just heated, probably roasted – with a small scoop of arequipa or dulce de leche.  The dish was incredible!  There is really no comparison between fresh and dried figs – they are two different products.  My figs almost never end up cooked – they are dessert in themselves.  Occassionally they are consumed along with a nice cheese, but mostly these figs will just get eaten as is, sun-ripened and still warm from the tree.


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