I live in California and I have a fig tree in my back yard. Figs are currently in season and I’ve got figs coming out of my ears!! Needless to say, I’ve making A LOT of “fig friendly” recipes. It seems to me that figs don’t get near the attention they deserve. I LOVE Figs!!
These succulent beauties are so delicious all on their own OR they can be added to cheese plates, salads and salsas for a simple yet elevated twist on entertaining favorites. You can also grill or bake them to really make their sweetness shine through. Figs are not only the main ingredient in a very popular cookie, the fig bar, but are a culinary delicacy. Part of the wonder of the fig comes from its unique taste and texture. Figs are lusciously sweet and feature a complex texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Also, figs are suprisingly healthy! They are a good source of potassium and dietary fiber.In addition, since fresh figs are so delicate and perishable, some of their mystique comes from their relative rarity. Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. It’s best to look for Fresh Figs (in California) May – December. There are six unique and different flavors – try them all to find your favorites!
Fresh Brown Turkey Figs are available mid-May through December. They are a light purple to black skinned fig with pink flesh and a robust flavor.
Fresh Black Mission Figs are available mid-May through November. They are a purple to black skinned fig with pink flesh and an intense earthy flavor.
Fresh Calimyrna Figs are available July through September. They are large pale yellow skinned figs with a nutty, sweet flavor.
Fresh Kadota Figs are available June to October. They have a creamy amber color when ripe with a light delicate flavor.
Fresh Sierra Figs are available June through October. They have a light-colored skin with a fresh, sweet flavor.
Fresh Tiger Figs are available July through September. They have subtle green stripes and striking raspberry color and flavor notes.
Figs are VERY perishable and should be purchased only a day or two in advance of when you are planning on eating them. Look for figs that have a rich, deep color and are plump and tender, but not mushy. They should have firm stems and be free of bruises. Smelling figs can also give you clues into their freshness and taste. They should have a mildly sweet fragrance and should not smell sour, which is an indication that they may be spoiled. Figs range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending upon the variety. The majority of figs are dried, either by exposure to sunlight or through an artificial process, creating a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the year.