Isn’t he cute? My little fig tree? Think it was shot outside? See the lens flare? Gotcha! I shot this in the studio actually.
OK, so here’s what happened. I pulled this whole shoot together in a few hours. It all started Saturday. Now this is going to sound like I’m rambling here, but trust me, it will all make sense.
My good friend and food blooger, Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen, had a super fun event that was all about fresh California figs and sponsored by California Figs. I left that event with all of these:
Yeah, yeah, some are missing. I at them. Apparently the amount of figs I ate at the event were not enough.
Here are just a few of the dishes we got to sample – the food was made by Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad.
OK, so now I have all these figs. I don’t do recipe development like all my food blogger and chef friends do, so I figured I would do a still life of figs and work on another future post with that.
Doesn’t this look like an enchanted forest? I called it the enchanted avocado forest when I was there. Those are avocado trees – 40 year old ones. I have never seen avocado trees growing like this, until now.
My good friend Mimi Holtz is married to an avocado farmer – a 4th generation avocado farmer named Ed. They own and operate this family farm. They sell avocados direct to the public through their website called California Avocados Direct. Mimi also has a great blog called Mimi Avocado and this woman KNOWS avocados!
Avocado trees do not grow from seeds. The seedling must be grafted to an existing tree in order to get the fruit. Most fruits with seeds need to be grafted in order to create a new tree with fruit. Simply planting an avocado seed will not produce a tree with fruit. Grafting is a way of cloning the fruit to create new trees. You can even use the roots of one tree and graft it into a different variety. They go through a long juvenile period before bearing fruit. When a stem with buds is grafted to a stem with roots, this “new” tree will start to produce fruit in about three years.