Sweet and Savory Fig Recipes

From sweet desserts and snacks to savory main courses, make the most of your fig harvest with these delicious recipes.

| November/December 2017

  • Fresh figs can often be found in health-food stores, or do some research to find growers in your area.
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Once thought to be a sacred food, figs are a delicious and delicate fruit that still symbolize peace and prosperity. Unlike apples and pears, figs have a very short shelf life. They taste terrific eaten straight off the tree, but it is nearly impossible to eat all of them that way. Figs can be used in a multitude of recipes, complementing both sweet and savory dishes. Once you know what flavors pair well with figs, your choices are endless.

If you are preparing a savory dish, pair figs with bacon or prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and a strong-flavored cheese. Sweet flavors that match well with figs are honey, chocolate, and caramel. Figs also taste great with hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios. Cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla are perfect accents to the fig.

Make the most of an abundant fig harvest. Eat some off the tree, share some with the birds, and try one or more of these recipes.

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