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FIGS OF THE VENTOUX AREA

Figs, along with almonds, jujubes and walnuts, were once parts of so-called ’dry’ crops at a time when tins and freezers did not exist. They allowed self-sufficient farmers to eat fruit in winter, when nothing else was available. They used to be dried in granaries.

Black varieties:

  • The ’Noire de Caromb’, the best known and most widely grown variety in Ventoux, very tasty with a twice-yearly production ;
  • The ’Violette de Soliès’, known for its AOC, or ’bourjassotte’ (nicknamed ’la parisienne’ because it used to be sent to Paris) ;
  • The early ’Pastilière’ (early August) with a shorter shelf-life ;
  • The ’Noire de Barbentane’, very tasty and strong, ripening early ;

White varieties :

  • the ’Goutte d’Or’, with its typical sweet translucent drop forming at its tip when fully ripe ;
  • the ’Dauphine’ or ’Boule d’Or’ or ’Grise de Tarascon’ with a twice-yearly yield. The early ones are white and veined with purple-red, while the later one have a more purple hue. They are particularly large.
  • he ’Longue d’août’ or ’Banana Fig’, very long (up to 10 cm)

Make no mistake, the fig tree, though easy to grow, requires care. Farmers need to prune it to produce quality fruit and to facilitate picking. They also need to regularly mow the grass to maintain orchards.

Figs can be eaten dried, as candied paste, cooked... The sky’s the limit, which makes them a very valuable cooking ingredient.

Every year, Caromb celebrates figs as part of a festival.

 

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Some fig producers, as part of their diversification, welcome you in lodges or B&B. They will share with you the passion of their experiences and skills.
  • Ruchofruit
    210, combe de Canaud
    84410 Flassan
    04 90 70 24 33
    Pépinieres Brusset
    1302 route d'Aubignan
    84330 Caromb
    04 90 62 31 23/06 31 15 84 22
  • Apérifigues
    INGRÉDIENTS
    Figues noires de Caromb.
    PRÉPARATION
    Enroulez des figues noires de Caromb d’une tranche de petit salé fumé et faire tenir le tout avec une pique en bois, faire cuire jusqu’à coloration du lard et déguster.
  • Botanically speaking, the fig is not a fruit, but a flower receptacle folded on itself. The inner fibres are actually small flowers which upon fertilisation generate alkenes, the actual crunchy 'fruits' inside the fig.
    In Provence, you can refer to someone being slow by saying 'there is enough time to kill a donkey with soft figs' in the meantime. Figs are served as part of Christmas Eve's traditional thirteen desserts. They are one of the four 'Mendicants' along with almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. The colour of the fruits were reminiscent of various Mendicant Orders' dresses.