FRESNO, Calif., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Fresh Fig season is officially underway and, according to the California Fresh Fig Growers Association, this year's crop is plump and plentiful.
"California Fresh Figs were harvested in early June this year," reports Karla Stockli, Chief Executive Officer, California Fresh Fig Growers Association. "The much needed rain in California, where 98 percent of the figs are grown domestically, allowed the figs to grow and mature into beautiful fruit. They are some of the sweetest figs I've ever tasted!"
All varieties – Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, Kadota, Sierra and Tiger Figs – are available now and in excellent quality. Fig aficionado and friend of the California Fig industry Chef Robert Del Grande of Houston's highly-acclaimed RDG + Bar Annie Restaurant adds that everything except the stem is edible, and each variety has unique and different flavors.
Chef Del Grande offers these descriptions for cooking and pairing figs:
With fruit now available in stores through December, California fig farmers offer the following tips as a reminder when purchasing fresh figs:
An excellent source of dietary fiber, fresh, flavorful California figs are also high in antioxidants, fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free.
Never tried a fresh fig? While super delicious and sweet on their own, figs add flavor and fun to any summertime dish like this Fresh California Fig and Mustard Relish from Chef Del Grande which pairs deliciously with your favorite grilled meats. For more fresh and dried fig recipes from Chef Del Grande, plus more fig information, recipes and serving tips, visit www.californiafigs.com.
Fresh California Fig and Mustard Relish
By Chef Robert Del Grande, Restaurant RDG + Bar Annie
6 fresh California Figs, large, finely minced or smashed
4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch red pepper flakes
pinch black pepper
In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until just cooked. Add the minced parsley and lightly cook. Transfer the garlic olive oil mixture to a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to fully incorporate into a smooth relish. Serve with grilled or roasted poultry or meats.
PLEASE NOTE: High resolution photos are available. To request, please e-mail: email@example.com. Recipes courtesy of the California Fig Advisory Board/California Fresh Fig Growers Association.
About the California Fig Advisory Board and the California Fresh Fig Growers Association
The California Fig Advisory Board and California Fresh Fig Growers Association promote awareness and the use of California-produced dried and fresh figs domestically and internationally. California fig growers, processors and marketers fund the activities of the industry.
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