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Garden Tour Countdown: Fig Nation

The third annual South Philly Garden Tour, a self-guided exploration of the green spaces hidden in South Philly’s concrete jungle, is just around the corner. As we count down to the big day, your friendly neighborhood co-op blog team is here to remind you of all the most crucial reasons why you should join us on Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 5 p.m., for our biggest fundraiser of the year. 

figs-mDid you know that South Philly is full of fig trees? Mediterranean immigrants, many of them Italian, planted figs in the unique microclimate of Philadelphia — which is perfect for figs! Come on the South Philly Garden Tour to meet one of the neighborhood’s fig gardeners and learn how to care for a fig tree. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll let you try a sample.  In honor of our fig gardener, we’re sharing some of our favorite fig recipes, from savory grilled creations and jams to delicious desserts:

Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Cheese. Cut figs in half and stuff with blue cheese, goat cheese or gorgonzola. Wrap with prosciutto.  Grill on medium to high heat for approximately 2 minutes per side, until the prosciutto gets a little crispy and the cheese is warm.  Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Fig Jam. This fabulous recipe for strawberry fig jam comes from Marisa McClellan at Food in Jars.

Fig Challah. The yummy continues with a fig and sea salt challah recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I made it with above homemade fig jam. Delish.

Figs with Ricotta and Honey. Slice your figs down the middle but not all the way through. Stuff with fresh ricotta, drizzle with honey and garnish with chopped nuts and a sprig of mint.

Fig Ice Cream. If you have an ice cream maker, you are in luck because fig ice cream may be my favorite thing in the world. Check out this recipe, and don't forget to invite us over for dessert.

Figs are also great in salads, pastas and baked desserts.  Share some of your favorites in the comments!

South Philly Garden Tour
Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, September 8, 1-5 p.m.)
Check-in: South Philly High School, Broad Street and Snyder Avenue

The Garden Tour is the South Philly Food Co-op’s biggest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting costs associated with opening a community-owned and -operated full-service grocery store. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at; at Urban Jungle and other local businesses; and at a variety of upcoming South Philly Food Co-op events.

Click here for more information about this year’s tour or to get your tickets today.