Just in time for the holiday season, Kopke works with growers in Italy and Greece to import these seasonal treats!
Figs have been a popular staple food following the arrival of the first fig tree in North America in 1790. Our figs are imported from Greece and are available from September through December. Figs are pear-shaped false fruits of the fig tree, of the mulberry family (Moraceae). They contain large numbers of tiny stone fruits inside them. Fresh figs have an incredible flavor, but they only last about a week after harvest, so almost 90% of the world’s fig crop is sold as dried fruit. The nutritional value of a dried fig is quite impressive. They have the highest fiber and mineral content of all common fruits, nuts or vegetables. They also have as much as 1,000 times more calcium than other common fruits and by weight they actually have more calcium than skim milk.
An endearing holiday treat, our chestnuts are imported from Italy at the beginning of the holiday season in October with the last shipments arriving in December. These tasty nuts are great straight from the over or fireplace during those cold winter months. This but of the chestnut tree was once abundant in America, but most likely were killed by a fungus at the turn of the century. Many varieties of chestnuts can be boiled, candied, dried, preserved, pureed, roasted or ground into flour. It is markedly sweet, peels easily, is not excessively floury or astringent, and has notes of vanilla, hazelnut and more subtly of fresh bread.