A fresh, seasonal starter that’s simple to make and looks pretty on the plate
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Buying the best
Although keen gardeners grow figs in Britain, commercial crops are imported mainly from Mediterranean countries. Unfortunately, ripe figs are highly perishable, so they are picked unripe, which may mean they lack flavour. Go for fruit with unbroken, bruise-free skins that are dry to the touch and have retained their shape. Above all, smell them – they should have the scent of the sun.