Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fig pizza & the ugly truth about figs

I saw an instagram of a fig pizza on Martha Stewart Living's feed and it stuck in my head.

After some research I ended up combining this Fig and Prosciutto Pizza recipe with this Pizza with Fresh Figs, Ricotta, Thyme, and Honey recipe.

It turned out great... it was sweet, yet salty and rich.

Back to the figs. Did you know the weird thing about figs? Some might say "ugly truth" about figs? Most figs are pollenated by wasps. And each fig ends up with at least one dead female wasp inside. In fact some vegans and vegetarians won't even eat them.

I had no idea! Does this change your mind about eating figs?


  1. I just learned this recently too! Kinda gross, but I'll still eat them. I wondered about vegans...

  2. This totally depends on what type of fig and/or where they were grown. If you are growing your own figs in a cold climate (and therefore have a type of fig tree that is adapted to a cold climate) then there are no fig wasps in your area and the fig tree doesn't need them for pollination. Therefore, no wasp parts in your fig.

    As far as not eating a fig because of veganish's a natural process, no wasps were trained by humans to slave away on the fig farms. (picturing farmers lashing tiny wasps with tiny whips to get them to fertilize faster....)I'm sure there's just as many bugs & bug parts in broccoli and kale.