Our First Meal and Nonno Giovanni’s Figs

Figs from the tree Nonno Giovanni planted many moons ago at my father's birthplace in Buonopane, Ischia. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio
Figs from the tree Nonno Giovanni planted many moons ago at my father's birthplace in Buonopane, Ischia. © Photo by Francesca Di Meglio

These figs were a delightful and unexpected addition to the first meal Antonio and I served to his family in our completed kitchen in Ischia. (You can join us for the typical Italian lunch at the “Our First Meal and Figs” photo album.) My cousins from Testaccio, Ischia brought them to me to share with my in-laws. What’s so special about these figs? Well, my Nonno Giovanni, who passed away in 1992, planted the tree on which these figs grew at the home in Buonopane, Ischia, where my father grew up.

My in-laws couldn’t get enough of them. We enhanced their flavor at lunch by serving them with prosciutto. And we finished them in less than a day. And everyone wants to know when Nonno Giovanni will be sending more from Heaven. It was great to have him with me for a bit here in Ischia.