7 Ways with Fresh Figs

The sweetness of fresh figs makes them perfect for a variety of desserts, but figs are also a natural match for many savory ingredients and can be featured in appetizers, breads, salads, and entrees.

  • Fig Facts
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Fig Facts

    Figs have a quick, shorter season in early summer and a second that starts in late summer and runs through fall. Some of the most common varieties include Black Mission, Brown Turkey, Calimyrna and Kadota.  Keep figs stored in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator produce drawers, where moisture levels are higher.

  • Fig and Goat Cheese Pitas
    Dan Goldberg

    Fig and Goat Cheese Pitas

    Make a quick and easy appetizer by topping toasted pita wedges with fresh figs, goat cheese, and fresh thyme, then drizzling with a bit of honey.
  • Fresh Fig Focaccia
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Fresh Fig Focaccia

    Some focaccias are made with grapes, but figs make a delightful alternative. Serve plain, with thin slices of Parmesan, or toasted for breakfast. If fresh figs aren't available, you can use dried figs.
  • Fig and Lime Jam
    Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Fig and Lime Jam

    If you’re a fan of homemade fig preserves, you’ll love this fig jam with a hit of tangy citrus flavor from fresh lime juice.
  • Roasted Fig and Arugula Salad
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Roasted Fig and Arugula Salad

    Roasting slightly caramelizes the figs and creates flavorful browned bits that eventually season the vinaigrette.
  • Fig and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
    Randy Mayor

    Fig and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

    Don’t forget about using figs for flavor in savory main dishes. An apple glaze and sweet dried figs complement the savory blue cheese in this simple yet refined stuffed pork tenderloin.
  • Caramelized Fig Ice Cream
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Caramelized Fig Ice Cream

    Caramelize the fresh figs in a mixture of sugar, lemon juice and butter, then use the figs as a topping for ice cream in this easy summertime dessert.
  • Fresh Fig and Grape Turnovers
    Charles E. Walton IV

    Fresh Fig and Grape Turnovers

    Indulge in a sweet handheld pie made with puff pastry and filled with fresh figs and grapes. Figs pair well with blueberries, peaches, nectarines, or your favorite fresh fruit, so you can experiment with some different variations.

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