As we move into August here at The Oaks at Ojai, all eleven of our Calimyrna fig trees that line our western walkway are filled with figs in different stages of ripening. Originally grown in the Mediterranean, our climate is perfect for these golden-skinned beauties.
Figs contain about 30 calories each in addition to being packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber—making them a very heart-healthy food. Once ripe, they can be refrigerated, but they should be stored in a single layer and eaten within 1-2 days. When we have more than our guests (and our employees) can eat, we make a few of the following recipes.
To top fresh turkey breast or a summer turkey burger—equally delicious with grilled chicken!
- 2 ½ cups fresh California figs, diced
- ½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup finely minced red onion
- ½ cup dried cranberries (raisins can be substituted)
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced, or 2 tsp. dried red chile flakes
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 T. fined minced or grated fresh ginger
Combine salsa ingredients and chill for approximately two hours to blend flavors.