Dried Figs

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Dried figs
Dried Figs
The drying technique has been the most common way of preserving fruit in the Canaries. Our high insolation environmental
conditions make this method has been traditionally developed more than the transformation into jam or syrup own conservation in other regions. The Canaries have not only passed the figs, also developed this technique with other fruits such as grapes, plums, apricots, peaches and even pears. Deserves special mention for its wide dissemination in the slopes of the leeward islands, the drying process of the peak tunos or figs.
The result of this process were the figs and figs porretos pipe. The former are obtained by taking away the skin finely and then putting them to dry in the sun, while for the fruit was peeled pipes completely leaving only the inside pulp and seeds, resulting in a tight mass, sweet and hard, with many seeds, which often must be separated with a chisel.
The last fruit, in particular figs, especially food was assessed. The process allowed delay their consumption over time and cover times when food scarcity was notorious. The last fruit makes available nutrient source to save the two worst times of food self-sufficiency: the months of November and December, before the potato harvest and inverneras-March and April, before the potato harvest bougainvillea-.
Furthermore, the drying process allowing the production of fruit deconcentrate that although using different varieties could be extended, is reduced to a few months of summer. The dried figs were not just an adjunct to diet campesina6. but in many cases became the main part gofio lunch together. We can consider the past as fig conduto7 of the poor.

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