Picking figs, and living to tell the tale

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Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

Musings by Katherine, photos by Greg

This may be the most important advice anyone will ever give you about fig picking: Wear gloves. Do not leave them in the car and proceed to let fig juice run down your wrists in 95 degree heat. It will itch. The mosquitoes will like you more. You will drive your husband batty on the short drive home making high-pitched noises and saying things like: “Get it off me. It burns. It burns.” He will drive too fast. Oh, but once you’ve showered it will be so, so worth it.

Fig trees are all over the South and a coworker was nice enough to let us fig sit for him. This is similar to house sitting or dog sitting, but the only requirement involved is that you pull ripe figs from the tree, take them home and eat them. Rough gig if you can…

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