Fig season is far too short. Truth be told, there are two seasons for this fruit. Season one starts in the summertime (June and July) and season two runs from September thru October. When selecting the perfect fig, be sure to gently squeeze this thin-skinned fruit. Do not apply too much pressure. Be sure to pass on anything that is too mushy.
The best place to buy figs is from your local farmer’s market. However, if your weekend plans only align with a grocery store visit, that is okay. Just keep those store-bought figs in the fridge for a little bit until they are ripe enough and ready to use. They will not last long on your kitchen counters.
If you are ahead of the game and picking up this produce for a later date, you can freeze figs. All you need to do is wash them, pluck the stem and remove any soft spots. Then slice the figs about an inch thick. Pack the sliced figs into a freezer safe bag, allowing some room for sugar and expansion.
1. Fig, Caramel and Walnut Tart
We’re going to try really hard to sum this one up for you while resisting the urge to snag a bite right through the screen. Toertchenzeit’s rendition of a fig-topped cake is somewhat of a crossover between a cheesecake and a sultry caramel delight, bearing layers of thick mascarpone and a decadent walnut filling.
2. Whipped Chèvre, Grape and Fig Baguette with Bacon, Honey and Thyme
Honestly, need we say more? As far as sandwiches go, it’s safe to say that this one takes the cake. Sweet, savory, it’s difficult to put into the words result of the medley of divine flavors involved here. But one thing is for sure, this ultra elevated baguette we spotted on Design*Sponge proves that something as simple as a combo of figs and cheese can go a long, long way.
3. Roasted Sweet Potato and Fig Kale Salad
Come fall, we’re all about utilizing the season’s most colorful produce for just about any meal we can—lunch included. The Roasted Root‘s fig kale salad features a delectable mix of maple-toasted walnuts, roasted sweet potatoes, and a maple-cinnamon cider vinaigrette that seals the deal.
4. Figs with Bacon and Chile
If you haven’t heard, figs and bacon are a match made in heaven. Don’t believe us? Whip up Bon Appetit‘s super spicy version (you can thank the chile peppers for that) and you’ll see what we’re talking about. File this one under instant crowd-pleaser.
5. Buttered Mushroom, Fig and Bacon Galette
Nothing says fall quite like a galette loaded with figs, squash, and a handful of fragrant herbs. Pair the aforementioned with a buttery crust and you have one seriously mouthwatering meal. Half Baked Harvest‘s rendition features roasted squash, buttered mushroom, and of course, a healthy scoop of Parmesan to boot.
6. Baked Goat’s Cheese Wrapped in Walnut Pastry with Fig Relish
This fig recipe is one for the books. The combination of figs, chili, and goat cheese only further elevate this snackable board. Spotted on Nigella, this recipe makes excellent use of fresh fall figs, transforming the fruit into a decadently spreadable relish that can complement a wide array of flavors and tastes.
7. Fig Thyme Cocktail
If you’re not utilizing these seasonal gems for cocktails, you’re seriously missing out. Combine with fresh herbs (thyme and rosemary are two great options) and a spirit of your choice for a quick and easy concoction that will please. We’re loving HonestlyYum’s version, which comes with the addition of lime, Cointreau, and a thyme simple syrup.
13. Cardamom Panna Cotta with Honeyed Figs
Let’s end the evening with a little dessert. Better yet, let that dessert feature figs. This easy-to-make dessert is just as easy to eat. This uncomplicated treat, by Bell’alimento, is a great way to try figs for the first time.
This story was originally published in October 2017. It has been updated with new information.