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In August, pint baskets full of figs line tables at farmers markets throughout the metro area. Purplish Celeste (the earliest arrivals), Brown Turkey, and bright green Kadota are the most common, but Mission (often sold dried in grocery stores) and a few other varieties of figs grow in the Georgia piedmont as well.
The story of Adam, Eve, and the irresistible piece of fruit makes perfect sense to me. I once tried to get a young man to pluck fresh hazelnuts from a tree arching over the tiger enclosure at the zoo in Rome (he wouldn’t, but he married me nevertheless a few months later). I have also watched one of the most educated women I know beg her tall, husky husband to collect a persimmon on a high branch near their house in Lake Claire (he reluctantly submitted to her entreaties).