Fig Tree in My Front Yard

Fig Tree in my Front Yard

I have a big, beautiful fig tree in my front yard that is teeming with fresh fruit right now. When the figs first started appearing about a month ago, a squirrel living in our yard would devour the ripe ones before I had a chance to pick them. Now that we’re in the thick of fig season, the squirrel can’t keep up, and there is plenty of fruit to go around.

Fig Tree in my Front Yard

Fresh figs, when fully ripe, are like candy to me. They’re sweet and juicy and honey-like, not to mention incredibly beautiful. In the past I’ve stuffed them, topped warm gooey cheese with them, grilled them, made jams with them and sprinkled them on salads. Now I’m looking for more yummy ideas.

What are your favorite ways to prepare fresh figs? Do you prefer them raw or cooked? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

 

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  1. Contact: FoodForward.org. 818-530-4125

    They will harvest your fruit and donate it to local agencies serving the needy. So many people leave delicious fruit to rot on their trees, but they can call this organization and they will pick and donate. It’s also tax deductible.

  2. I like to make homemade fig jam, like Dalmatia, that is found in stores. It is great served with a soft cheese like brie and crackers. They are several recipes available online for making fig jam in the microwave. Stores well in the refrigerator!

  3. My mother would cook a big pot of figs in a sugar syrup with several lemons sliced thin. We would eat the figs on toast (like jam), and the syrup was good on French toast. The lemons were good too, but I don’t remember doing anything with them, just eating them along with the figs. She would also make fig bread with the cooked figs.

  4. i cut them in half put them in brandy overnite and dehrydrate them in my dehrydrater they come great stay a long time, ihave 3 trees and i use them all,except the ones the birds get, also make fig bars and jam

  5. Rustic tart : Butter pie crust rolled out on parchement paper on cookie sheet then layered with sliced figs, dots of ricotta cheese sweetened with some honey & thyme; fold over dough towards center, brush with egg wash and sprinkle some sugar over egg wash and bake 400 degrees about 45 min or til golden. Yummmm.

  6. We were in Israel this summer and had a really delicious pizza with figs and goat cheese on it. Maybe some onions too but not sure. Anyway, it was amazing!

  7. Instead of oatmeal raison cookies……….oatmeal fig cookies? I have the magic bullet juicer and my goodness, the taste of figs in a drink, delicious 0-)
    How about cut of figs, in an apple pie?
    Europeans add plums to their turkey’s when they bake them, so how about figs baked in the turkey.
    ME…………I would eat it straight up aka plain!

  8. A few years ago, I actually googled “fig honey cake bread pudding” and found a recipe on the internet. I thought it made a nice Rosh Hashana dessert, though I ended up being the only one eating it! :P You could always dry them.

  9. I was meaning to prepare this recipe, but instead of making the pastry, just buying ready made puff pastry. Haven’t done it yet, but maybe you would like to try or transform this one.
    I found it in mostlyfoodstuffs.blogspot.com

    link to mostlyfoodstuffs.blogspot.com

    Tori, I love your recipes!,
    Aliza

    1. Thanks Aliza! I edited your comment to link to the original source of the recipe (rather than copy/paste), so that the blogger gets traffic from others who might be interested. Sounds like a great idea!

  10. Borrow someone’s dehydrator and dry your figs. You can wrap and store them for use over winter. In Melbourne we have local food swaps – no money changes hands, just produce!

    1. I live in Edgewater and my Mom has a hugh fig tree.But I still cant figure out how to store them for cold season ( they call winter)lol I tryed freezing them in ziplock but didnt work any suggestions would be great lots of figs I cant waste them again.thank you Kathi

  11. Years ago I used to bake them in balsamic vinegar and the balsamic would reduce down and the figs would carmelize. Heaven! Then I would spread goat cheese on thinly sliced baguette and top with the caramelized balsamic figs. It was divine! Why on earth did I stop making them? I’m going to try it again this week. Mmmmmm

    1. Hi, can u give more info about baking in balsamic vinegar. How long and at what temp. Sounds wonderful. THanks

  12. We moved to a house with a mission fig tree in Feb. The 1st crop was not great, but the 2nd crop…WOW! We are getting 15-20 (sometimes more) a day. We eat them…a lot. Several of them are already like jam-so good on toast or Almond Butter. But I just made this recipe today: link to curtsdelectables.blogspot.com
    It’s very yummy. Since I don’t use shortening, I used refined coconut oil and that worked well. It’s really moist (and I didn’t peel the figs).
    I’m thinking about trying this for Rosh Hashanah:
    link to yummly.com
    If you google fresh fig recipes, you will get a ton of them. Also there is this site: link to californiafigs.com
    They have a lot of recipes and you can specify fresh or dried.
    Good luck…I’d love to know if you find any you like. :)

    Linda

  13. I’d try a spin on stuffed dates. Stuff the figs with blue cheese or an almond (for crunch), then wrap with turkey bacon and grill or sauté in olive oil!

  14. I love fresh figs with goat cheese. I eat them raw, broiled, baked, etc. The tart Beverly mentioned would also be good with goat cheese. I never had a fresh fig until I moved to CA and I now have a tree!

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