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.
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
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.
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.
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.