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Easy fig ‘pizza’ is fun food on the Fourth

Recipe: Fig, feta and prosciutto pita pizza can be grilled or baked

Pizza with cheese and figs
Here's the pizza, hot off the grill. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Figs need summer heat to ripen. When that summer heat comes in May or June (as it did this year), local figs are ready to pick in early July instead of August.

Right now, Mission figs are turning deep, rich purple. They’re at their peak of flavor when they come off the tree with barely a touch.

So, instead of waiting until Labor Day, we can enjoy ripe figs on the Fourth of July.

This easy recipe makes the most of ripe figs, combining other Mediterranean ingredients – pita bread, olive oil, prosciutto and feta – into fun food for the Fourth or anytime this summer.

Too hot to turn on the oven? This pita pizza works great on the grill, too. And the recipe can be easily multiplied to serve as many people as needed, either as an appetizer or main course – as long as you have enough figs!

Ingredients
Simple ingredients for a delicious summer pizza.

Fig, feta and prosciutto pita pizza Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 pita bread

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 ripe figs, peeled and sliced about ¼ inch thick

1 tablespoon chopped scallion

2 tablespoons prosciutto, chopped

2 tablespoons feta cheese

Instructions:

Preheat grill or oven to 400 degrees F.

Lightly brush one side of pita bread with olive oil. Assemble ingredients, placing (in order) fig slices, chopped onion, chopped prosciutto and feta cheese on top, evenly distributed over the pita bread.

Place pita pizza directly on rack of grill or oven. Grill or bake until feta is soft and prosciutto is heated through, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Note: To avoid over-cooking bottom of pita bread, grill over indirect heat.

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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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