Monday, June 14, 2010

The Fig Tree

Fig Tree


Guess how many figs are on the tree, right now?

I counted them yesterday. More may come, as I didn't count the pinpricks.

Closest guess within 5 of yesterday's count (Vince is the witness to it and will ensure that I do not cheat) receives a copy of the gorgeous A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, by David Tanis, chef at Chez Panisse, with foreword by Alice Waters.

Why the largesse? (No, no sponsor involved.)

To celebrate the third anniversary of 66 Square Feet, passed unnoticed (by me) on May 21st.

Of all the plants on the terrace, the fig tree is the most loved, the most surprising the most rewarding, the most enduring. Sleet, snow, tropical humidity, occasional drought...it makes figs. More than you would think (hint)for a little tree now 4 feet wide by 33 inches tall. In fact so many that Vince thought I was making a joke.

For me, this little fig tree embodies New York, and what the city can be. Surprising, tough, resilient, sweet, rich. If you have a fig, and you live with a tiny terrace in Brooklyn.

Please leave guesses in the comments. Winner will be announced on Monday, June 21st.
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