At times, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to live in the San Francisco Bay Area with our access to fresh and exotic foods and a heightened appreciation for it.

Fig season is a good example. There’s a lot of it at the markets now, but not only can I get fresh figs, but I can get specialty figs as well. Case in point: these beautiful Turkish brown figs I found at my local gourmet grocery store in Rockridge.

Top shot of my fig

Top shot of my fig

Typically, black mission figs are the common ones around this time, and they are surely good to eat. But I’d never seen fresh Turkish brown figs and just the unusual streaks and color made me have to photograph them. Another reason why I’m so spoiled here? I easily picked up some speck (cured meat similar to prosciutto) and an unusual French cheese to pair with my figs so I could enjoy everything fresh and unblemished.

Here are a few shots of the figs and my pre-dinner snack I had over the weekend, and you can see more in the slideshow below.

Figs, speck and cheese. What can be better?

Figs, speck and cheese. What can be better?

As always, check out my Exhibits page for more of my food image slideshows.

5 Responses to Food Showcase: Turkish Brown Figs and More

  1. Tara says:

    Speck, cheese and fig? My, what a wonderful weekend.

    I haven’t ventured out to use figs in my own dishes but love having it on my plate while eating out. 🙂

    Have a great weekend Ben!

    • Ben Ben says:

      Tara, sounds like you need to shop for some figs this weekend! A good start in incorporating figs in your cooking is to just slice them and toss in a green salad with chunks of cheese like feta. Have a great fig weekend!

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Figs are like the supermodels of fruit! 😉

  3. Row says:

    Very pretty! Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a fresh fig. 🙁

    • Ben Ben says:

      You know, I initially didn’t know if I would like figs never seeing them fresh in Hawaii. And when I first saw them in California, I thought they looked mushy. But now I think they’re amazing. Along with being beautiful, just really tasty (as long as you eat it before it gets super mushy, just like when you eat a banana).