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Honey-sweet, juicy figs grow on trees all over Greece.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


Figs must be picked at the right moment, when the stem bends from the bough of the bole.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


If you mistime the picking, the blazing August sun starts to dry out the fruit's interior.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


Harvesting figs before the stem-curve moment results in unripe produce.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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It takes a trip to southern Europe or the Eastern Mediterranean to truly appreciate the flavor of ripe figs.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


Preserve the taste of figs by freezing the pulp to use in sweet and savory dishes through the winter.
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


Not all figs have time to reach full sweetness, but they can still be used in desserts like this fig and almond cake. View recipe here .
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.
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Photo by Aglaia Kremezi


The fig and almond cake and cupcake recipe also calls for a fig jam. Learn more here .
Preserving Summer's Bounty
Aglaia Kremezi prepares sweet, summery figs to last through the fall and winter.