Calimyrna Figs are here! PermalinkWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Thursday, December 26th, 2013

You’ve been asking and we’re more than delighted to deliver for the holidays. Our Calimyrna Figs are back! Look for them in stores next week.

But what is a Calimyrna you may ask? Noted for its tender skin and sweet nutty flavor, consider the Calimyrna the Black Mission’s delicate, blonde cousin. While Calimyrna’s are still relatively novel in the U.S., they’ve been grown in the Mediterranean for hundreds of years where they were called Smyrna figs after the ancient Turkish city. When California growers began cultivating them, the fruit was renamed the Calimyrna.

Because we use only organic fruit harvested at the peak of ripeness, few figs make it to becoming a Made In Nature Calimyrna figs. Our quality standards and a shorter growing season account for why this fruit isn’t available year round—so stock up now!

Since growing fruit varies in shade from light green to yellow, it’s perfectly natural for dried Calimyrna’s to range in color from light tan to rich brown. You may also notice crystals that appear on the skin of some fruit. Don’t worry, these are just naturally occurring sugars that have risen to the surface and the sign of an exceptionally sweet fig. For a special treat, we love to place these ‘sugared’ figs in a warm oven at a low temperature for a few minutes to turn their coating into a sweet glaze.

Enjoy Calimyrna’s straight from the bag or paired with tangy goat cheese which balances their sweet flavor. Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza 

Fig and Goat Cheese Appetizer 

Fig and Goat Cheese Fusion Salad 

And remember figs are naturally high in fiber, iron and potassium so enjoy indulging often.

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