Okay, so I wasn’t really foraging in the wild, but sometimes grocery shopping in the suburbs seems that way. If something’s just a little bit out of the mainstream, we know we’ll be visiting a couple of stores in order to find it, or we’ll be mail-ordering. That’s a good thing for our readers because it keeps us in touch with what’s available out there. Still, we know from hearing from you that some things which have become easy for us to find — creme fraiche, for example — remain tricky for others, depending on where you live. So that’s why we’ll be asking you for more feedback in terms of what’s out there in your markets.
Today’s shopping challenge: figs. We’re testing a recipe that calls for dried Calimyra (California) figs. I knew from past experience that this one would be trouble. Figs aren’t that popular in Connecticut, I guess. The first store I tried had Mission figlets. Too small and not the right variety. I moved on. Next, I went to Caraluzzi’s, a new market in town that’s ever so slightly upscale and has proven to be a godsend to us lately. Wow, two choices of figs: Greek Kalamatas, and California figs. I got lucky today — my search was over at the second store.
So what about you? Do you even like figs? Are they hard to find in your area? If not, what kinds can you get?