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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Figs dried or fresh?

    Hello All!

    I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    2 or 3 people who agree with me.

    --


    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations:
    not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    PL Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in news:Ougol.972
    $[email protected]:

    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >



    I like both.


    There is nothing like picking a fig off of a tree, carefully avoiding the
    milky white sap, and splitting that little sucker and slurping in the taste
    of sunshine!!!!

    I could stand at a fig tree all day and do it...... if'n the farmers didn't
    take sooooo many pot shots at me!!!


    Dried figs, soft or hard, are only best for cooking.



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia

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    James Silverton Guest

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    PL wrote on Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:24:12 +0000 (UTC):

    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how
    >> many people agree with me that dried figs are much superior
    >> to fresh ones? I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>

    > I like both.


    > There is nothing like picking a fig off of a tree, carefully
    > avoiding the milky white sap, and splitting that little sucker
    > and slurping in the taste of sunshine!!!!


    > I could stand at a fig tree all day and do it...... if'n the
    > farmers didn't take sooooo many pot shots at me!!!


    > Dried figs, soft or hard, are only best for cooking.


    In other words, you don't agree with me :-)

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not

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    PL Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in news:ETgol.975
    $[email protected]:

    > PL wrote on Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:24:12 +0000 (UTC):
    >
    >>> Hello All!
    >>>
    >>> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how
    >>> many people agree with me that dried figs are much superior
    >>> to fresh ones? I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>>

    >> I like both.

    >
    >> There is nothing like picking a fig off of a tree, carefully
    >> avoiding the milky white sap, and splitting that little sucker
    >> and slurping in the taste of sunshine!!!!

    >
    >> I could stand at a fig tree all day and do it...... if'n the
    >> farmers didn't take sooooo many pot shots at me!!!

    >
    >> Dried figs, soft or hard, are only best for cooking.

    >
    > In other words, you don't agree with me :-)
    >




    Not at all.




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    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    James Silverton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.


    If I had to choose one I'd choose neither.

    -sw

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Sun 22 Feb 2009 11:06:38a, James Silverton told us...

    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >


    I agree with you. There are several varieties of dried figs I prefer over
    fresh. One exception, if I could find fresh brown turkey figs, I think they
    make the best fig preserves.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright

    "One man's meat is another man's poison"
    - Oswald Dykes, English writer, 1709.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:05:00 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sun 22 Feb 2009 11:06:38a, James Silverton told us...
    >
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    >> agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    >> 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>

    >
    >I agree with you. There are several varieties of dried figs I prefer over
    >fresh. One exception, if I could find fresh brown turkey figs, I think they
    >make the best fig preserves.


    Fresh figs are awfully darned good. Figs and apricots - two things I
    look forward to eating fresh.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    George Shirley Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >

    I don't fully agree as some varieties of fig are nicer to eat fresh than
    others. Dehydrating a fruit generally concentrates the flavor, hence
    tasting better than fresh.

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    James Silverton Guest

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    sf wrote on Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:29:19 -0800:

    >> On Sun 22 Feb 2009 11:06:38a, James Silverton told us...
    >>
    >>> Hello All!
    >>>
    >>> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how
    >>> many people agree with me that dried figs are much superior
    >>> to fresh ones? I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>>

    >> I agree with you. There are several varieties of dried figs I
    >> prefer over fresh. One exception, if I could find fresh
    >> brown turkey figs, I think they make the best fig preserves.


    > Fresh figs are awfully darned good. Figs and apricots - two
    > things I look forward to eating fresh.


    I have a theory that you have to live where the fruit is grown. I've
    hardly ever had a fresh apricot in the Eastern US that was worth eating.
    Come to think of it, I prefer dried apricots too :-)

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Nancy Young Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many
    > people agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones?
    > I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.


    A few years ago I bought some fresh figs, expecting that
    taste sensation people go on about. Blech!! I threw them
    out for the birds and squirrels and finally had to pick them
    up to toss in the garbage, even they didn't like them.

    I'm sure I just bought the wrong type, or unripe, whatever.

    nancy (been thinking to pick up some fig newtons)

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.


    It depends on what you plan to use them for.
    They are so different, it's hard to compare
    them. It's sort of like comparing grapes and
    raisins.

    (And while stumbling around to verify the correct
    spelling of "raisin", I found the answer to why
    my memory of currants was that they had no seeds,
    but the currants I bought recently at Trader Joe's
    had gritty pits. The answer is that my memory
    must be of Zante currants, which have no seeds.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zante_currant

    (And I also found this interesting article on
    a type of building used to dry grapes. I'd like
    to build a few of these, if I ever have any land
    and some free time. Aren't these neatly built?)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chunche

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    Susan Guest

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    x-no-archive: yes

    George Shirley wrote:
    > James Silverton wrote:
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many
    >> people agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones?
    >> I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>

    > I don't fully agree as some varieties of fig are nicer to eat fresh than
    > others. Dehydrating a fruit generally concentrates the flavor, hence
    > tasting better than fresh.


    I won't eat dried figs, but fresh ones with prosciutto are wonderful.
    Have to be ripe, though, or they really make you pucker.

    Susan

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    Dimitri Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:Ougol.972$[email protected]..
    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know 2
    > or 3 people who agree with me.
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    > James Silverton
    > Potomac, Maryland
    >
    > Email, with obvious alterations:
    > not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


    For what purpose?

    Eating, to use to stuff meat?

    To cook into a grain like rice or kasha?

    Dimitri


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    Jean B. Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > Hello All!
    >
    > I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    > agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    > 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >

    I dunno about superior, but I definitely prefer dried figs.

    --
    Jean B.

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    James Silverton Guest

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    Jean wrote on Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:00:20 -0500:

    > James Silverton wrote:
    >> Hello All!
    >>
    >> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how
    >> many people agree with me that dried figs are much superior
    >> to fresh ones? I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>

    > I dunno about superior, but I definitely prefer dried figs.


    That's what makes "superior" for you and me :-)

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not

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    Jean B. Guest

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    sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:05:00 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    > <wayneboatw[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sun 22 Feb 2009 11:06:38a, James Silverton told us...
    >>
    >>> Hello All!
    >>>
    >>> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how many people
    >>> agree with me that dried figs are much superior to fresh ones? I do know
    >>> 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>>

    >> I agree with you. There are several varieties of dried figs I prefer over
    >> fresh. One exception, if I could find fresh brown turkey figs, I think they
    >> make the best fig preserves.

    >
    > Fresh figs are awfully darned good. Figs and apricots - two things I
    > look forward to eating fresh.
    >
    >

    Funny. I was going to bring up apricots. I have never had a
    wonderful fresh apricot, although I am sure they exist.
    Therefore, an excellent dried apricot is more appealing to me.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Jean B. Guest

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    James Silverton wrote:
    > sf wrote on Sun, 22 Feb 2009 11:29:19 -0800:
    >
    >>> On Sun 22 Feb 2009 11:06:38a, James Silverton told us...
    >>>
    >>>> Hello All!
    >>>>
    >>>> I may have asked this before and, if so, I apologise but how
    >>>> many people agree with me that dried figs are much superior
    >>>> to fresh ones? I do know 2 or 3 people who agree with me.
    >>>>
    >>> I agree with you. There are several varieties of dried figs I
    >>> prefer over fresh. One exception, if I could find fresh
    >>> brown turkey figs, I think they make the best fig preserves.

    >
    >> Fresh figs are awfully darned good. Figs and apricots - two
    >> things I look forward to eating fresh.

    >
    > I have a theory that you have to live where the fruit is grown. I've
    > hardly ever had a fresh apricot in the Eastern US that was worth eating.
    > Come to think of it, I prefer dried apricots too :-)
    >

    Yes! For the same reason, I think. (I am in the Boston area.)

    --
    Jean B.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >
    > I have a theory that you have to live where the fruit is grown. I've
    > hardly ever had a fresh apricot in the Eastern US that was worth eating.
    > Come to think of it, I prefer dried apricots too :-)
    >


    Good theory. I like dried, by wife likes fresh. She grew up with a fig
    tree. The ones in the store, aside from being very expensive, are not
    nearly as good as fresh from the tree she tells me.



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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:34:54 GMT, "James Silverton"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have a theory that you have to live where the fruit is grown.


    How true. But no western apple can beat midwestern apples of any
    type, IMO - juicy, crisp... sweet/sour. It has something to do with
    the cold midwest winters that drives tree sap down to the roots.

    >I've
    >hardly ever had a fresh apricot in the Eastern US that was worth eating.
    >Come to think of it, I prefer dried apricots too :-)


    True dat. They are grown here. In fact, I've eaten them fresh off
    the tree. YUM! Dried are fine out of season, but during the *short*
    fresh season, I like mine fresh.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > Fresh figs are awfully darned good. Figs and apricots - two things I
    > look forward to eating fresh.


    Reminds me that as a teenager I lived next to
    an abandoned prune orchard. The prunes were
    grafted onto plum bases, and in many cases
    the plum part had taken over. Most of the
    trees didn't have any prunes.

    Of course, some of you are even now preparing
    to blast me for making this distinction
    between prunes and plums. Prunes are indeed
    a type of dried plum, but the plums used to
    make prunes are a special type of plum much
    different from regular plums.

    Prune-plums have a purple skin and are shaped
    sort of like a flattened football. The flesh
    is orange and somewhat firmer than regular plums.
    They taste quite good fresh.

    But I like the plums the best. The plums were
    all small, about the size of cherries. Some
    were red and some were yellow. The trees were
    enormously different in flavor. Some were so
    bitter as to be completely inedible. Remember,
    they were selected as base stock and not ever
    expected to produce round plums.

    Because I roamed the whole area and knew every
    tree, I knew where the good ones were. There
    was a large yellow plum tree which was a prodigious
    producer of sweet plums with a nice texture.

    But the best came from a small red plum tree
    which produced very sweet fruit. The most
    distinguishing feature of this tree was the
    delicacy of the flesh of its fruit. When you
    picked one that was perfectly ripe, its flesh
    was almost like water, it was so delicate.
    The birds knew about this tree before I did.
    When in fruit, this tree always had a lot of
    birds in it.

    I suppose I'll never have fruit like that again.

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