Dried fruits and nuts are a classic Portuguese combination, an end-of-dinner staple you’ll enjoy in homes from the Algarve to the Douro. This classic is created extreme care by a woman-led, woman-run company headed by the indominatable Dona Florentina, 94 years young and still kicking fig. Her farm brushes the banks of the Tejo river in central Portugal. There they grow walnuts and the figs — the prized honey drop “pingo de mel” variety, harvested late in summer when it’s so absurdly decadent a dew drop of honey sweet nectar drips from its eye. The figs are dried, paired with their walnut mate, the rest is history.
Keep a pack stashed for an after dinner treat with friends who you’ve missed so much you don’t want the night to end.
"These Pingo de Mel figs, each topped with a walnut, are an outstanding Portuguese version [of dried fruit and nuts]."
Ed Behr, The Art of Eating