Incir, fig in Turkish, is a popular summer fruit that fills the markets and fruit stands.
Turkey is the world’s largest producer of figs (fresh and dried) and is commonly known for the “Brown Turkey”’ the figs with purple skin. However, we bought the green/yellow ones, “Adriatic”.
Even though dried figs and fig jam are available all year round, there’s nothing better than biting into a fresh fig. To eat, peel the skin off like an orange and eat the extra-sweet inside filled with seeds.
Mind you, this is the first time I had ever had figs in my life, beside fig newton cookies at my Grandma’s house. So I wasn’t exactly sure how to eat or what to expect, but being a fan of fruits, I loved it.
Originating in Aincient Greece, in Greek mythology it’s said that Phytalos, welcomed the goddess Demeter into his
home during her search for her daughter, Persephone. As a reward for his hospitality, Demeter rewarded him with the
first fig tree.