Good Eatin’: Dried Fruit and Blackcurrants

List Item: Try 500 of the 1001 Foods You Must Try Before You Die

Food Items: Prune D’Agen and Smyrna Fig

Two items here that I came across by chance in the Little Waitrose nearby (it really helps that I have an up-to-date version of the food list on my phone). I am as guilty as others when it comes to labelling prunes and figs as fruit eaten to… stay regular. Then again I had never has agen prunes before, aka the juiciest and most delicious prunes I have ever had. I ended up cutting up some and having them with my Special K before work.

The smyrna figs too were delicious, but in a more honeyed way. The oddity here was the inclusion of the many small seeds within the fig. When I ate my first fig it was a bit of an unpleasant surprise but upon eating the second fig I knew what was coming and could better appreciate them as a nutty accompaniment to the gooey sweetness of the fig.

  Food Item: Blackcurrant

Okay, so when I bought these blackcurrants I did not quite realise that you can’t just eat them out of hand. They are just way too tart to do so. I mean I guess I was expecting a berry to explode with the taste of Ribena… which in retrospect was a little bit dumb. Still, these are like gooseberries in that they are cooking berries. So instead of just warming them up with sugar and water I thought of something better.


I made a tea loaf instead following this recipe. Sadly I didn’t have any muscovado sugar, meaning that list item will have to wait for another day, and therefore used regular light brown sugar. I also didn’t have pure orange juice.. and so used orange, peach and passion fruit juice (I therefore thought better than to add mint). It turned out well and allowed me to better appreciate the sudden burst of flavour that blackcurrants are.

Progress: 132/500

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