Fruit, vegetables and desserts

Carmignano, Dried figs

One of the tastiest varieties of fig is grown here

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Fruit, vegetables and desserts
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Carmignano
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Associazione Produttori Fichi Secchi

Sweet and soft with a slight taste of anise, dried fig from Carmignano is very tasty with mortadella from Prato, but is also perfect as a light dessert. It's famous across  the country for its organoleptic attributes and its ancestral and natural drying technique. Since December 1, 2001, Dried Fig from Carmignano has become a Slow Food "Presidia". 

Figs from Carmignano [Photo credits: Associazione produttori Fico Secco di Carmignano]
Figs from Carmignano [Photo credits: Associazione produttori Fico Secco di Carmignano]
Natural drying process

The figs are split open and laid out on cane mats, called "canniccioni". They are then  steamed with sulfur and then dried directly in the sun for four or five days. After resting for a month in a cool, dry place (during which time a sugary coating, the "gruma" forms on the skin), the figs are layered in figure-eight shapes (called "picce").   

Where to buy Dried Figs of Carmignano

These dried figs can be purchased directly from producers and in some Tuscan "gastronomie" (specialty food shops) but the best moment to buy them is the third weekend of October, during the Welcome dried fig Festival of Carmignano.

Cover image credit: Associazione produttori Fico Secco di Carmignano