Figs

Fig tree with green figs

Towards the end of August, throughout the Mediterranean lands, the season for figs begins. There are not many trees in the arid and stony landscape where we live, on the estepa of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, but wherever you look you will see a fig tree and now we can enjoy its fruit.

Little round, black figs

There are many varieties of figs. Most of the wild figs where we live bear small, black round fruit with firm skins.

Purple, pear shaped fig

Here, there is also one tree with larger, purple, pear-shaped fruit which has an intense flavour.

Green fig ripe for eating

Down in Las Negras, on a plot of land we are negotiating to buy, there are several trees with green figs. These are larger than the dark figs and are very soft, luscious and sweet. You can tell when they are ready to eat because the skin starts to crack as the flesh softens.

Black fig

Picking figs here is a bit like picking blackberries in England. For the next couple of months we will see cars pulled off the road by trees and people helping themselves to the figs. On the land by our last house near Loja there were both blackberries and figs. Stewed together they make a delicious dessert.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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3 Responses to Figs

  1. Marianne says:

    Lovely photos, Margaret.

    I love it when the figs are ripe and we can pluck them straight from the trees. Delicious!

  2. Ahmed says:

    Great photos 🙂 good job

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