Not Fig Newtons
I had never seen figs with stripes before moving here; in fact, before moving to California my entire knowledge of figs was encompassed by the term "fig newtons." Now, I like the blue-black mission figs (by the way, Sari made us a divine dessert of roasted mission figs with caramel sauce and ice cream - OMG!) and I wondered if these little beauties, which remind me of miniature hot air balloons about to take off, would be good to eat, too.
So, I looked them up on the interwebs and found that they are called Tiger Stripe or Candy Stripe figs and that they are, indeed, good to eat.
Alas, they are not growing in my garden.
Guess I need to get up the nerve to ask the owners if they plan to eat them (last year, the fruit just fell to the ground) and, if not, may I have some?
If I do get brave, I'll let you know how they turned out.
If not, just make Sari's dessert - the halved mission figs take only 10 minutes to roast in a 450 degree F oven, she zapped a bottled caramel sauce in the microwave for a few seconds, then drizzled it over the figs, and scooped the salted caramel ice cream. Nothing could be easier, nor more delicious.
And, don't forget the Moscato d'Asti!