fiorone

Alliteration Alert! Fiorini are the first frutis from the fig tree. They typically come out in July and August but I saw the first ones earlier this month in Puglia and again today at my market in Rome. The fig tree has 2 crops; the first (fiorini) are bigger and not as sweet and flavorful as the later ripening figs. Also, their skin tends to be tougher and thicker than those that come out later in the season. Basically they are a big tease before the juicy, syrupy settembrini (autumn figs) come out, ushering in what is my favorite fruit month of the year.