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21 September 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

A belly full of figs


Spring brings ripe figs from Port Jackson and Moreton Bay fig trees (this photo is the latter type). They are smallish round berries that I snaffle straight off the tree when the branches hang low or as windfalls.  Australian Aborigines ate these and used the sticky milky sap as a natural latex to cover wounds. I eat them by the handful although am encouraged to ‘leave it and come’ and am constantly led away from filling my belly with this plentiful supply. For anyone who loves figs it’s a great time of year!


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  1. weliveinaflat / Sep 21 2013 7:28 pm

    are you hiding behind the tree?

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 21 2013 7:32 pm

      Yes – quietly ignoring the offers of specials treats, the ‘Ruby come’ command and also the ‘look what I’ve got command’. Nothing is better than a fresh ripe fig:)

      • weliveinaflat / Sep 21 2013 7:38 pm

        well, just be careful of tree monsters…

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 21 2013 7:40 pm

        will do – or drop bears – apparently a real killer in the US:)

  2. saucygander / Sep 21 2013 7:54 pm

    Free food, how could you say no?

  3. Office Diva / Sep 22 2013 4:09 am

    Ruby, you lucky gal! I would love to have a belly full of figs. My mother (gee, do you think she has been a big influence in my life?) adores figs. When I was a kid she would make a “cough syrup” of sorts out of figs. Oh boy, that stuff was Nectar of the Gods!! Sure to whip whatever ailed ya. Sometimes when you had a bellyache or something not cough-related, it was still a good idea to ask for figgy syrup, never hurts. I could use some of that stuff right now; but for some reason, my mother’s concoctions and recipes are always pretty vague. You almost have to watch her make it; not written down. A true kitchen mystic.

    I was recently in the UK, where I found some snacky fruit treats with softened figs in a little to-go package. We don’t have those here!

    Will trade Aussie figs for Texas pig ears……keep it in mind! 🙂

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 22 2013 2:39 pm

      yes – my mum gave my syrup of figs too – yum AND I’m from the uk originally so remember fig cakes well – very tasty:)

  4. Office Diva / Sep 22 2013 2:41 pm

    How about figgy pudding? I’ve never had any. It must be something to have made the cut on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”……those folks really wanted their figgy puddin’. ;o)

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 22 2013 2:45 pm

      Ha ha – I can’t remember ever having had figgy pudding but you’re right – there was some clamouring for it:)

  5. Office Diva / Sep 22 2013 2:47 pm

    Yes, they were almost militant about it, demanding the figgy pudding, no less. And they said they weren’t going to leave until they got some. Such cheek!

  6. Office Diva / Sep 22 2013 3:00 pm

    Good cheer:
    a) All-temperature laundry detergent. “…washes clothes so clean, so white, you don’t need bluing or bleach!”
    b) Gimme an F, (F!). Gimme an I, (I). Gimme a G! (Geeee). Gimme another G! (Geeee!) Gimme a Y! (Whyyyy!!!). What’s that spell?? FIGGY!!! Bring it or else we toilet paper your lawn for Christmas, how’s that for some good cheer?
    c) Hallmark Channel goodness……nobody dies, all widows with their cute sons meet the perfect blend of sensitive, child-mentoring, football throwing/baseball loving male who sweeps them both up on his white horse with a sleigh behind it and they live happily ever after. Sigh.
    d) some version of all of the above.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 22 2013 3:05 pm

      Actually was thinking more along the alcoholic line – little sip of something tasty by ye old fire…although I do like b) if shouted very loudly from the top of a tall building:)

  7. Office Diva / Sep 22 2013 3:01 pm

    PS – Don’t ask me how I know all that Hallmark Channel stuff. I will deny.

  8. barb19 / Sep 22 2013 3:37 pm

    I love fresh figs straight from the tree – you are so lucky, but don’t eat too many and get a belly-ache! That is one mighty big fig tree!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 22 2013 3:57 pm

      I know – the moreton bay fig trees are particularly huge and grown long roots from the branches downwards to capture moisture. They have huge butress root too. Amazing things:)

  9. Sonel / Sep 22 2013 4:20 pm

    Now that was a very healthy snack for sure Ruby. Charlie should take you there more often. 😀 Great shot of a beautiful tree! 😀 *hugs*

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 22 2013 6:19 pm

      they are really amazing trees – huge butress roots and great shapes. can’t keep ruby away from them at the moment – lots of dragging her away by the collar…

  10. fozziemum / Sep 22 2013 9:04 pm

    Loveeeee figs 🙂 HUgs Fozziemum xx

  11. 2browndawgs / Sep 26 2013 6:45 am

    Sounds too yummy to resist!

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