Friday, September 19, 2008

In Honor of Miss Figgy

For years we knew about a little old lady the guys did handyman tasks for, who they nicknamed Miss Figgy. We pictured a cute little English lady with tea, fig jam and crumpets. And I always though of her in September--when the fig trees around town are full. By mid-month, the tree owners have eaten all they possibly can and are begging for people like me to help out so the moist little fruit won't go to waste. No problem.
A favorite appetizer at local backyard parties is figs with goat cheese--and a nice Zinfandel. But I confess my favorite treat is a couple of figs with a small chunk of dark chocolate in the afternoon with a cup of French Roast coffee. That makes the last burst of online work go MUCH better. And a few dried figs with herb tea at bedtime is not too shabby either.

Here's a fig fact I bet you didn't know: Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. The seeds are the real fruit.
Oh yeah, it turns out Miss Figgy is a sweet little Italian lady who's real name is Miss Figge
And this is her fitness tip: get outside, plant some flowers in your front yard and chat with your neighbors. It will do wonders for your health.


tonysv said...

I never knew Sonoma County had fig trees. Any idea about how old any of the fig tress are in Healdsburg? How old are the youngest?

Joan Voight said...

Some of the trees are just a few years old. The one across the street (literally across the street) has probably lived through a few wars and a legion of clumsy tenants....but it keeps plugging away

Dave said...

Joanie just made the fitness tip up. Miss Figge drives everywhere. The only way she keeps her heart rate up is by hiring Frank.