Syka Vravronas Markopoulou Mesogeion Σύκα Βραβρώνας Μαρκοπούλου Μεσογείων (Markopoulo Mesogion Vravrona fig)
Description: Fig varieties:
a) Vasilika Mavra: typically pear-shaped, extremely broad base, much milk, thin, blackish or deep to lightish maroon external peel and skin, white flesh with pale red interior; the receptacle has faint white markings in the interior and faint light brown shadings on the exterior.
b) Mavra Markopoulo: typically pear-shaped, broad base, much milk, moderately thin, black external peel and skin, white flesh with red interior; faint light brown shadings at the receptacle tips.
Both varieties are sweet and extremely flavoursome and are marketed in the raw state for table use.
Geographical area: The south-eastern part of the Attica prefecture and specifically the administrative boundaries of the Markopoulo Mesogion municipality.
Evidence: Both varieties have been grown for many years in the area of the Markopoulo municipality where figs are a traditional crop. They can be grown where no other crop could flourish to the same economically beneficial extent.
Method of production: The method of production and the cultivation techniques are almost totally traditional and are described in the introductory report
Link: Figs are a traditional crop of the area and generate quite a substantial income from sales in the domestic market and exports.
Gastronomy: The PGE/ΠΓΕ Syka Vravronas Markopoulou Mesogeion Σύκα Βραβρώνας Μαρκοπούλου Μεσογείων should be kept in a cool and dry place and should be consumed within a few days after the harvest. Both the Royal Black (Vassilika mavra) and the Mavra Marcopoulou types are very tasty and sweet. They are consumed fresh.
Reference: The European Commission