Peeling figs?

girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)April 3, 2010

A post in another thread mentioned a memory of grandmother peeling Brown turkey figs before eating. That's a new idea to me--I grew up eating Kadotas right off the tree, no peeling. Kadotas have to have tougher skins than BTs, but I consider the taste of the skin as part of the experience of eating a fig.

The only time I've ever peeled a fig is to use it to make jam. But then I suppose there are also people who peel apples before eating them, but I've never actually met one, LOL.

Is peeling a fig a more common practice than I realized? Who here peels them, and what varieties? Please explain your reasons for peeling if you can.

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I dont peel the figs but once in a while i have not much.
Last season i was curious about Violet de Bordeaux and peeled the skin and ate the skin by itself and i was pleasantly
surprised by it.
You mentioned you never met a person who peeled an apple?
When young i never did peel apple's but i do everytime now because i guess as i aged my teeth have somewhat larger gaps and when biteing down into unpeeled apple the peel would hurt my gums so i peel them all the time figs dont do this to me.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 11:35AM
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I don't peel figs usually(Celeste), but I find that my Adriatic type and the RR Atreano have very thick skin at the top, so I sometimes peel them down a little. Never peeled an apple, except for pie! Tim

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 1:06PM
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I don't peel whole figs. However we have very low humidity and my open eye varieties can get dry and tough around the eye. When this happens I peel the bottom around the eye.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 2:00PM
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I tend NOT to peel them "ripe" figs, however skin peeling
does remove some of that nasty "white-latex" stuff,
specially when the fruit is not fully-ripened yet.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 2:24PM
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Some figs have thick skins and must be peeled or chopped for making into fig preserves or the skins will not get tender enough during processing. I never peel a fig for fresh eating. My first bite, near the eye, will let me know if I will eat the whole fig or just the pulp inside. I have read (never verified) that black figs are more "caustic" than white/green figs. Supposedly those who's lips, mouth, and gastrointestinal tracts are sensitive to the caustic nature of some figs (especially Black varieties)....can peel their figs to lessen this particular problem. My mom will peel all of her figs for fresh eating....even Celeste; because, she will get a sore mouth if she doesn't peel them.


    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 3:02PM
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Latex seems to more prominent towards the "stem" end.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 4:21PM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

That's interesting about figs being caustic, it never occurred to me.

Gorgi: if I get latex when I pick a fig it's probably not ripe enough, so I do cut off the stem end sometimes

    Bookmark   April 3, 2010 at 4:30PM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

I'm glad someone asked this question as I was not sure if I'm suppose to eat the whole fig or peel I guess you can do both. When the time come I will try eating the fig with skin and then try peeling. Wondering if there is a difference in taste doing it that way.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2010 at 12:07AM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

Oh yes, IMO there is definitely added flavor from the skin.

Also....those studies about fruits that are high in antioxidants say that it's the deep blue and purple colors that have the highest antioxidant content...such as the skins on the purple figs. Why waste that?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2010 at 3:04PM
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