tonydemarest at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 23 11:31:59 EDT 2008
I live in Bergen County NJ and have several fig trees- courtesy of a friend's father who had emigrated from Sicily to Yonkers, NY in 1932. From there he took a cutting and planted it in NJ- Being Irish, I had no clue how to grow figs, so I followed all his advice: burying when young, shielding in linoleum, covering with a spaghetti pot- all to no avail, Sprouts rotted, but root stock survived. After five years, I put aside the rescue attempts and let it grow on its own terms. What had been a thirty-five foot tree in Yonkers in the '40's, is now several bushes in NJ- all producing quarts of figs. The bonus- no treatment other than annual pruning.
Shame- I do not like figs- prociutto- well, that's another tale.
> Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 08:18:47 -0700
> To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> From: herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Apples
> At 04:32 AM 8/23/2008, you wrote:
>>>Figs and prociutto are quite commonly paired in Italy, thank you. You
>>>have to use fresh figs for best results, though.
>>Yes indeed. Here in the Shenandoah Valley, we are at or near the
>>northern limit for growing figs. A friend of mine who has a fig tree
>>in her back yard and I mount an annual watch as fall and frost race
>>to meet the late-ripening fruit. If things go well, she provides the
>>fruit and I provide the prociutto and we revel in the decadent
>>loveliness of sweet and salty, the yielding texture of the fruit
>>with its grainy seeds, the elegant smoothness of the thin slices of meat ...
> Tell me you make your own prosciutto . . . .
> yours in the slow food movement,
> Peter C. Herman
>>>And yes, figs were among the fruit most often associated with the Garden
>>>of Eden by pre-modern rabbinical scholars. Some Italian Renaissance
>>>painters chose the fig as well.
>> Well good - so my flippant remark results in my learning
>> something I hadn't known before.
>>Hope your apples are lovely!
>>Cynthia A. Gilliatt
>>English Department, JMU, ret.
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