Fichi Secchi di Carmignano (dried figs grown and processed in the Carmignano area) are a Slow Food Presidium. They are first sliced lengthwise, then dried in the sun for four or five days, and eventually placed in a cool room for another forty days. Once they are dry, the figs are stuffed with aniseeds. They taste sweet and strongly aromatic.
I usually buy Fichi Secchi di Carmignano at the herb stand inside the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo (the stand is located on the first floor of the market and its owner’s name is Emilio), where they are fleshy and juicy. I love to serve Carmignano dried figs with roasted meats and tangy cheeses.