Last year I barely got to taste any figs, just a few Celeste, Cajun Gold and Conadria breba. Most of the rest soured along with the Celeste, Cajun Gold and Conadria after the rain set in. I'm thankful that those three varieties were early enough to let me eat a few. So I've been waiting all year and most of last for some fresh figs. This week my Celeste started ripening a few, one here and one there. Yesterday I picked about 20 moderately ripe ones. Tomorrow I should get around 30. I also picked a nice batch of Cajun Gold today. Oh they are oh so sweet, like savoring fresh honey straight from the hive. When Linda eats one her eyes light up and roll back in her head and says, "that's my fig".
I also picked an O'Rourke, it could have gone another day but I just had to do it. I should have another one tomorrow. O'Rourke has a unique sweetness and flavor to it, unlike any other fig I've tasted. That's what I remembered from last year. Last year it was the only fig that didn't sour as it has a very tight eye. The one's I ate last year had that same sweet taste but they were watered down somewhat by all the rains but I was thankful that I got to taste them and wonder about that sweet taste. Well that taste is still there ripening in dry weather. I see that I have a LSU Tiger ripening also. It is showing it's stripes today. In fact the O'Rourke also has stripes showing.
So what's not fair about all that. Although we've been having some light well needed showers now and then, starting late in the weekend on into next week, just as the figs are ripening, we are suppose to get some heavy tropical rain move in from the Gulf, bad timing. Also Saturday, just as the figs are ripening, I'm leaving to go to Destin FL for a vacation, bad timing. I will be heading into an area where there was 12" of rain yesterday but the weatherman said it should get better. Also next Saturday is LSU fig day. I think none of that is right, none of it. Well we just might get back in town by Friday and if so I'll make the LSU day. I'm really looking forward to that. Maybe it's best that I leave town while all the rain is falling as that would be quite depressing and awaken memories of deja vu from last year. I guess I shouldn't be to upset as I've had many a good day in my life and I'm more than thankful for them. Life is an exciting journey and it's different at every turn. I guess I'll just be my happy self and see what unfolds. It might just turn out great on it's on.
On a good note I might get to meet up with darkman in Pensacola when we pass through.
Plate of Cajun Gold which aren't so gold this year, and 1 O'Rourke
LSU Tiger, sorry about the blur but I think you can see the stripes just like on O'Rourke