Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is a Fig. It’s also Black. Not that this is a Black Op. Sure, fig leaves have been used in past “covert” operations (think paradisiacal gardens). But, there’s nothing clandestine about these Black Figs.
Our Black Figs are grown in Niland, California (June crop) and Madera, California (July crop). Historically, they first arrived in San Diego via Franciscan missionaries in 1768. Those Spanish monks planted trees all along the West Coast with every new mission they founded. Earlier still, the ancients of Asia cultivated and enjoyed these dark-skinned beauties. They are smooth on the outside, and slightly chewy and strawberry-colored on the inside. The first bite yields soft texture and a pleasant, subtle crunch, with a floral aroma and honey-sweet flavor.
Figs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They’re even known to have a laxative effect—so, there’s that. Quarter them and add to an arugula and goat cheese salad with a splash of balsamic and olive oil. Or, poach them in red wine and sugar and then drizzle the sauce over vanilla ice cream.
You know you want some. But technically, it won’t be your Mission until you pay for it. Figure on about $3.49 for each 1lb clamshell.