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Fresh figs for Christmas

Baked fresh figs with blue cheese. Picture; Pascale Treichler from Lubera
Baked fresh figs with blue cheese. Picture; Pascale Treichler from Lubera

Best figs for festive eating plus delicious cheese recipe

Figs are a traditional part of Christmas food – usually dried in a block, a million miles from the succulent fresh fruit.

Lubera’s Pascale Treichler recommends eating fresh figs like this:

  • After picking, wash and dry them.
  • Cut into the middle of each fig crossways and place a slice of blue cheese in each cut.
  • Place the figs in a dish and bake in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.

Lubera recommends these three figs in the Gustissimo range, all free of shipping costs.

Fig Gustissimo Califfo Blue: Blue variety, good for cooler locations and containers, tasty and sweet. Strong plant in 5-litre container £25.90.

Fig Gustissimo Perretta: Early maturing with a strong, late harvest, very large and tasty. Green to reddish-brown, pear-shaped fruits, with light red flesh. Strong plant in 5-litre container £25.90.

Fig Gustissimo Mere Veronique: A yellow fig for pots, beautiful to look at and deliciously sweet. Strong bush in 14-litre container £43.40.

For more information, visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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