Figs are in Season, Easy Fig Recipes to Try Tonight
Right now we are in the height of Fig season and some of you have a bumper crop of backyard figs or perhaps you over-purchased at the store. This post will explain three types of figs that I have come across and provide four different Fig Recipes.
These are easy and delicious fig recipes that I made with figs from my friends at Melissa’s Produce.
Fig Recipes (click image to view recipes)
Types of Figs that I tasted this year
Brown Turkey Fig
The Brown Turkey Fig is very versatile for hand eating or recipes. It has a brown to purple skin. The flesh has a deep rose color with amber color seeds. To me, this fig is sweet and has a slight nutty flavor.
Panache Tiger Stripe Fig
The Panache Tiger Stripe Fig is the ultimate high-society fig, due to its difficulty to find on the marketplace and superior flavor. This fig has a yellow skin with green tiger stripes. The flesh is pink to blood red and has hints of strawberry like aromas.
For me, this fig was best either eaten raw or with minimal processing. I found that the yellow skin does not break down easily when cooked.
Black Mission Fig
This fig literally got its name from the Spanish Missionaries who planted these delicious fruits along the California coast. This variety of figs has a white to pinkish flesh.
Black Mission Figs are, for me, the most versatile figs for cooking as they are very sweet and can counter tangy foods. These figs play well with cheeses and are generally superior for making jams.
Figs are good for you
Many folks know that figs are high in fiber and encourage digestive health, although did you know that figs are also good at lowering blood pressure and lower insulin levels? Figs contain high level of potassium, “helps maintain fluid balance. Increasing your daily intake of potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium, helping to lower your blood pressure.” (Livestrong.com)