The remains of Figs, one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world are found in Neolithic excavations. They and are discussed in detail on Egyptian papyri and legends have it that Buddha gained enlightenment under a Wild Fig tree. Greeks claim figs as a gift from the goddess Demeter and the Romans, urged on by Emperor Cato, were apparently willing to conquer most of Africa to maintain their fig supplies..

Medieval scientists fancifully imagined the fig tree as a sort of natural meat-tenderizer. Both Plutarch and Ariosto attest that “sacrificed roosters hung upon a fig tree will presently grow tender and fitter for the table”. The practice was based on the notion that the fig tree somehow sent forth a “hot and sharp vapor, that was “digesting“, to the poultry which “dries and concocts the flesh

The Spanish prize figs so highly they brought fig plants with them as they set forth to conquor the New World. It was Spanish missionary fathers who planted them copiously up and down the California coastline from San Diego to Sonoma during the course of the eighteenth century.




  The word Huckleberry is a corruption of the word whortleberry. A distant cousin of the blueberry, it is also known by other monnikers including: farkleberry, wonderberry, hurtleberry, sparkleberry, and dangleberry.   Huckleberry Ricotta Pancakes 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup […]

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Farmers Markets

    The following is a short-list of popular weekly neighborhood Farmers Markets providing local and seasonal produce to the fine people of San Francisco.   Castro Farmers’ Market Wednesdays: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Noe St. at Market St. Clement Street Farmers’ Market  Sundays: 9 a.m..-2 p.m. Clement Street between 2nd & 4th Avenues Crocker Galleria […]

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