If it’s early June, late August, or early September, drop everything, it’s fig season! Run, don’t walk, to the nearest farmer’s market or grocery store to grab some of these deliciously weird and mysterious fruits that are only available a few weeks a year. Not only are they perfect to enjoy as is, but we also love them in everything from summer desserts to fall side dishes. Once you get your hands on some, check out our 12 fig recipes for ideas, that is, if you can stop yourself from biting.
Figs come in many varieties, but most commonly you’ll find black mission figs, brown turkey figs, or green Adriatic figs. They are all soft and squishy on the outside, with varying shades of pink on the inside, with slightly crunchy seeds. When ripe, they are extremely juicy and sweet, with a flavor reminiscent of floral honey. They’re great for sweet applications, like our Fig Jam or Fig Compote and Cheese Breakfast Pouches, but don’t stop there. Figs are also great in savory recipes, adding a bit of sweetness to cut through salty or bitter flavors. Try fresh figs with meat in our Fig and Ham Tapas Toasts, or pair fig jam with cheese, like in our Baked Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions or our Ultimate Holiday Cheese Platter .
And since the season is So short, we’ve also included a number of dried fig recipes. Just like raisins, they can add a delicious sweetness to desserts and savory dishes. Try them in everything from chicken recipes, like our Couscous Chicken Tagine; homemade bread recipes, like in our challah with figs, olive oil and sea salt; or in healthier desserts, like our fig bars.
Want even more fruity inspiration? Discover our strawberry desserts, peach recipes (sweet and savory), and pear desserts too.