Last week when I was heading out to the farmers market, my friend Zoe
said, "You should make something with figs". Zoe, mind you, is 14 years old. How many 14 year olds do you know think about figs let alone have tried them outside of maybe a Fig Newton bar?
Zoe was so right and luckily there were figs all over the market -- ripe, sweet and something that really feels like a great treat, so why not feed them to your little one?! I realize it's not the most common first fruit to give babies, but they're one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber and have the highest overall mineral content of common fruits. Their soft texture and the crunch of their teeny tiny seeds will give an interesting mouth feel for little ones.
Being the crazy frugal shopper that I am, after paying $4 at the farmer's market for 8 perfectly ripe figs, I wanted to see how much they were at my local supermarket. $8 for 6! I was kind of shocked, but it's proof again that when you shop at your local farmer's market not only is the produce you're getting superior to what you can buy in a store, but you're also saving money.
I served this puree to Kenya by itself and he loved it. I even had him try it on top of yogurt and cottage cheese, again a total hit!
We used these to make this recipe: