We sourced, the best of the best, to give us some of the most delicious and mouthwatering figs the world has to offer. We spoke with Valley Fig Growers to explain what makes these figs so delicious and how are they just so un-fig-ettable!
For those who are not familiar with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs, please tell us a little about your company and what figs are?
Figs are one of the earliest fruits cultivated by man. Native to areas from Asiatic Turkey to northern India, figs spread to all the countries around the Mediterranean. You may remember their leaves as an early fashion statement in the Garden of Eden or the fruit as a favorite treat of Cleopatra. More recently, California Figs have earned a reputation as a nutrition and gourmet powerhouse enjoyed as elegant appetizers, delicious snacks, and enticing entrees. Figs, it seems, have been around forever, but their great taste, versatility and enviable nutrition profile keep them as contemporary and appealing as ever. Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs are available all year round, online and in-store. Many of our growers are third and fourth generation growers who love working the land and growing healthy, good for you, California Grown Food. Valley Fig Growers offers organic, natural, and conventional California Figs, all of which undergo rigorous testing to ensure only the best quality products are processed and packed.
Wow! Valley Fig Growers handle the growing, processing and quality assurance all in-house to assure costumers receive the highest possible quality standards. Where in California does this processing take place?
Valley Fig Growers is located in Fresno, California. All of the commercially sold dried figs produced in the United States are grown in the Fresno area and north, in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. VFG was established in 1959 and is the largest handler of figs in North America. The cooperative has 25 grower members representing about 40% of the California fig industry.
What differentiates Valley Figs from any other Fig growers? And what makes these snacks so delicious and healthy to eat?
Our figs are Non-GMO, Vegan, and Gluten-free; and did we mention all our California Figs are fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol- free too? Ounce for ounce; our Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs have more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas and more fiber than prunes. Plus their flavor profile is just fabulous. Paired with chocolate, salty meats such as prosciutto, or featured on a cheese tray figs become the stars of the menu. Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs are Kosher and available in convenient bags and trays.
What’s the difference between the purple figs and the golden figs?
The dark purple fig is the California Mission Fig. Mission Figs are known for their distinctive sweet flavor and deep purple color. The seeds tend to be tinier than in other varieties, and the skin is thinner. The amber-colored California Golden Fig is known for its sweet, slightly nutty flavor. The seeds in the Golden tend to be a little more crunchy and the skin a little chewier.
With the holidays coming up, what would be a great appetizer you would recommend using Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs?
Put together a fruit and cheese tray that dazzles friends and family. First, allow time for the cheeses (except for fresh cheeses) to come to room temperature for full flavors—about one to three hours. Select a fresh cheese such as goat, perhaps sprinkled with chopped herbs; a soft or semi-soft cheese such as Brie or Camembert; a blue cheese; and a firm cheese like cheddar or Spanish Manchego. Add fruit, some crackers, and perhaps a few nuts. California Figs, both Goldens, and Missions, go well with most cheeses.
Yum.. I can’t wait to try it! I know you can use figs throughout different dishes, where can we learn more about recipes and purchasing these delicious figs?
For recipes and more information about our cooperative and our products, please visit www.valleyfig.com. Updates, recipes and company news also can be found on Valley Fig Growers’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Please visit our website and use the offer code FIG25 for any purchase to receive 25% off your online purchase of any Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs. Offer expires 1/8/18. We look forward to becoming your go-to source for wonderful snacks and ingredients for your favorite recipes.
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