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.
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Fig FactsFigs 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 PitasMake 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 FocacciaSome 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 JamIf 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 SaladRoasting slightly caramelizes the figs and creates flavorful browned bits that eventually season the vinaigrette.
Fig and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork TenderloinDon’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 CreamCaramelize 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 TurnoversIndulge 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.