Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ocracoke Figs

Figs have been a big part of Ocracoke Island life for generations, especially in August & September when figs ripen. Village Craftsmen employee and native islander, Dale Mutro, follows in his grandmama's steps, and puts up many jars of fig preserves every season.

Last week UNCTV aired a segment on Ocracoke figs...

and fig preserves...

You can listen to Dale and other islanders talk about figs, fig preserves, and fig cakes by following this link: The segment on Ocracoke figs begins at 14:17.

The interview with Gaynelle Tillett is priceless! 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the Unionist North Carolina State Government established at Hatteras in 1861. You can read all about it here:


  1. Anonymous5:08 PM

    we couldn't wait to chop down the fig trees in our back yard here in Charlotte.....we couldn't give the fruit away.
    nasty fruit. sorry.

    1. No need to be sorry...different strokes for different folks! However, Ocracokers (and many island visitors) love figs, fig preserves, & fig cakes.

    2. Anonymous11:40 AM

      It's just about as popular as the much maligned fruitcake. You may recall the Johnny Carson joke..."The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one in the entire world and people just keep sending it to each other."
      I myself have never regifted one, so I might just like fig cake!