I am really proud to introduce you to a delicacy of my own region: the “Figo Moro”.
I am talking about a type of fig which I have recently discovered myself too. Known as “Figo Moro” or black fig, it is grown in Caneva in the province of Pordenone. It weighs about 30-35 grams, it is characterized by a long shape, a tasty flavour, not too sweet and very pleasant indeed. Compared to ordinary figs which will fill you up very quickly, this one won’t. It is lighter and more delicate in comparison.
It has a distinctive thin skin therefore you can eat everything, in fact the skin enriches the flavour too.
Caneva is situated near Sacile, very close to the Veneto region and it is characterized by green hills.
Hystorically this type of fig was well known and widespread in the territory of the Venetian Serenissima Republic where it would always be on the tables of the nobilty. It was in fact considered a delicacy.
The soil is rich in Calcium Carbonate, iron and potassium and the position of the trees situated on the hills without water stagnations gives the fruit a unique and interesting taste.
I enjoyed taking a walk around the fig trees early in the morning. The fig trees are present a bit everywhere here and they often grow spontaneously on the open meadows.
Some of the trees looked like bonsai trees as they are over 100 years old! Beautiful.
They were bursting with figs. Some of them had already been collected. Every day starting from the end of August they are picked.
The figs are then checked, cleaned, packaged by hand (as they are so delicate) and sold usually on the same day. Figs are very delicate and they won’t last longer than a few days. Some of them are frozen at -20 and they become the base for the production of jams, sauces, compotes, liqueurs and ice cream.
The figs are packaged in the morning and they reach the shops the same day!
I was entrigued by the ice cream. I suspect it must be delicious!
The Figo Moro is totally organic this is because it does not need any treatment to grow strong and healthy, it is in fact immune from parasites. So generally speaking even if they are not labelled organic, figs are usually natural and organic anyway.
Figs are turned into different types of compotes: fig with chilly great with meat and cheese, fig with hazelnuts or with chocolate great in desserts. I love the caramelized figs.. which you can add to almost any dish.
I discovered that you can create interesting dishes with figs, beginning with the starter to the dessert. You can even add them to pasta or risotto dishes.
Many thanks to the Consortium of “Figo Moro” da Caneva for the interesting visit.