Falling for Figs…

Late Summer and Fall is the Season….

Oh, my …

Do you really need a reason?

Loaded with calcium would be only one!

Though they don’t store for long….

You can’t go wrong…

One luscious bite…

…and you’ll be undone…


Decadece and bliss…

Oh, dear…

You’ll surely be remiss…

Enjoy them while they’re here!


 Most figs contain insect parts, having been pollinated internally by a certain species of wasp. As this would, technically, render them “not vegan,” I stick to a variety of the ficus carica figs — Black Missions — which are common in California, and do not require this type of pollination.

While entomophagy has been touted as one of the most nutritious diets, I’m certainly not on that bandwagon ;). Though, we all consume critters unintentionally because they get caught in foods we eat all the time (such as tomato sauces, and other packaged foods; on or in fresh fruits, grains, and veggies, etc.) There is even a certain amount the governing bodies “allow” in our food. Yipes!

I do know that many cuisines of various cultures around the world have been eating this way for the ages, and consider this a diet more healthful than consuming other animals of the four-legged kind,  fishes, or birds.  It seems it would be. I imagine the disastrous, life-killing effects of flesh and dairy would not be found in an entomophagic diet. Aside from the ethical vegan issue, it would make for interesting nutritional discussion. I would love to see scientific study or research on nutrition and entomophagy…I bet there is little.


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  1. drlauraw said,

    September 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Gorgeous and tantalizing! Yea figs!

    • Strix said,

      September 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I agree! A *perfect* fig — Possibly the most delicious thing on the planet 😀

  2. September 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I had no idea there are insect parts in figs and other foods … Yuck 😯

    • Strix said,

      September 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      The fig thing is because that particular wasp burrows into the fig to lay her eggs. Other insect eating is incidental from harvesting, etc.
      Sorry, Kath, I think you’re eating a leg or two occasionally :D!

  3. Tammy said,

    September 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Gorgeous figs! I love them and I’m not all that worried about eating the occasional insect.

    • Strix said,

      September 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      That’s good, because there’s only so much that can be done about it! Ha! :^)

  4. September 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    […] have eaten fresh figs only once or twice many years ago, and although I have recently learned that it is very likely you swallow some insect arms and legs when eating figs, my curiosity was stronger, so I bought some. I have not tried them yet, but I am very excited […]

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