Figs wrapped in Parma ham: a great starter

Figs wrapped in Parma ham: a great starter

By 04/09/2013

Figs are in season now in Italy. To me it is no different than having a piece of cake such is their sweetness! But they are certainly healthier than cakes and very nutritious too!

Before leaving Italy I made the most of my dad's fig tree and apart from having one after the other I wrapped them nicely in Parma ham and served them as a starter for lunch. The sweetness of the figs and the saltiness of the ham combine perfectly together and a few leaves of arugola give the final touch.

My daughter helped me with this recipe, in fact she mostly did it herself. I am hoping she will be a good cook one day as so far she seems very enthusiastic of learning about picking edible herbs and trying new foods. She picked the wild arugola herself in the garden. So I have a very handy assistant in the kitchen!

picking arugola

Picking wild rocket

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes



Wash and clean the arugola

cleaning arugola

Peel the figs and make a cross incision in the middle

peeling figs

Wrap them with 2 slices of Parma ham

Figs wrapped in parma ham with arugola

Lay the arugola on a large plate and put the figs over it. If you are not serving them immediately store them in the fridge.

Figs wrapped in parma ham with arugola

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8 Responses to Figs wrapped in Parma ham: a great starter

  1. gloria

    this look really delicious!

  2. Javelin Warrior

    I love the simplicity of this starter, Alida! Those are some huge and beautiful figs – and with a wrap of parma ham, I’m sure these taste incredible…

    • Alida

      I agree they do. If there is something I couldn’t say no to is fresh figs.. thank you Mark.

  3. kay

    I’ve eaten parma ham and figs often – such a lovely combination – but I’ve never made them look as beautiful as your parcels. They look as gorgeous as they will taste and a brilliant way to serve this.

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Kay

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    A lovely appetizer! I didn’t know figs can be peeled so those wild rocket!

  5. Alida

    And I bet it was worth it! I had wild figs in Greece too. Delicious!

  6. unikorna

    Amazing and colorful and so interesting…sweet and delightful…I love combining fruit and meat…

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