Gettin’ figgy with it! Our favorite dried & fresh fig recipes.
It’s officially fig season which means you are probably looking for lots of new-to-you fresh fig recipes to try! Whether you are into sweet or savory fig preparations this is the ultimate fresh fig recipe round-up for you.
Few fruits are so entangled within world history as the fig!
Figs are considered one of the first domesticated crops and are mentioned in texts from every major religion as symbols of prosperity, fertility, and peace. Some biblical scholars even believe that Eve was tempted by a fig rather than an apple! If you think about it, it sure makes a lot of sense. Their smooth, graceful curves and seductive sweetness make them pretty hard to resist.
Like many fruits, figs were first brought to California by Spanish missionaries. The Mission variety was planted by Franciscan monks in San Diego around 1768. European settlers eventually introduced additional varieties but the original Mission fig remains the most widely grown. While there are thousands of varieties of figs grown throughout the world, California specializes in just six different varieties; Mission, Brown Turkey, Kadota, Sierra, Tiger and Golden.
Today, California is responsible for 98% of the country’s fresh fig crop, and 100% of the nation’s dried figs. Although figs were originally planted in coastal regions, much of the Golden State’s production has moved further inland. Figs prefer dry, warm temperatures and flourish in the Central Valley, Riverside, and the Imperial Valley.
Now that you know a little bit more about figs, we thought we would share some of our favorite California Grown Fresh Fig recipes for you to try.
Fresh figs are in season from May to November and dried figs are available year-round which means you need lots of fresh fig recipes for everything from summer popsicles to holiday salads!
Rich, decadent, Lemon and White Chocolate Crème Brûlée sits atop a fresh fig compote that envokes childlike nostalgia with every spoon full.
This dessert is reminiscent of the fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cups you loved as a kid, but with a mature dessert spin for your sophisticated palate.
Did you know that California Figs have the highest sugar content of all fruit?
Their sugary sweetness actually helps baked goods to stay fresh and moist. At least that’s what our friends at Bakes by Brown Sugar tell us. We haven’t managed to keep this fresh fig recipe around long enough to confirm their claim.
Fun fact: California Figs are an excellent source of calcium. It’s true! One-half cup of figs contains as much calcium as a half cup of milk.
That is why fresh fig recipes like these popsicles are our favorite way to get our recommended daily allowance.
Our friends at Chowhound know a thing or two about fresh fig recipes!! This is one of those fresh fig recipes that just keeps us coming back again and again.
This cocktail celebrates the flavor of ripe figs by muddling them with elderflower liqueur then shaking them in a cocktail shaker with vodka, lots of lemon juice, and agave nectar. This floral, sweet-tart drink is a refreshing way to enjoy fresh figs.
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Frequently asked questions about fresh figs.
Look for California Grown or Product of USA. 100% of dried figs and 98% of fresh figs grown commercially in the U.S. are from California.
California Fresh Figs are available mid-May through November. The season can vary slightly from year to year due to the weather. The availability is also different for each variety. For example, Black Mission are available mid-May through November while Tiger Figs are available mid-July through November.
You can find the Ca Grown seasonality guide here!
Did you know figs are technically an inverted flower, not a fruit? That means pollination is needed for figs to survive and thrive. However, 99% of California Grown Figs are self-pollinating. The one variety of fig tree still remaining in California that is pollinated by wasps is being replaced by a new fig tree variety with the goal of 100% self-pollinating fig trees in California. Another reason to look for the CA Grown seal!
This roundup updated 8/3/2021 with new images, recipes, and information about California Grown figs.