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Easy Fig Recipes Using Fresh Figs
Fig Varieties Cut open

Easy Fig Recipes Using Fresh Figs

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.

Three types of Figs (left to right) Brown Turkey Fig, Panach Tiger Fig, Black Mission Fig

Three types of Figs (left to right) Brown Turkey Fig, Panach Tiger Fig, Black Mission Fig

Fig Recipes (click image to view recipes)

Fig and Ricotta Tartine

Fig Recipes - Fig Tartine

Fig Recipes – Fig Tartine  (click image for recipe)

Fig and Goat Cheese Muffin

Fig Recipes - Fig and Goat Cheese Muffins

Fig Recipes – Fig and Goat Cheese Muffins (click picture for recipe)

Bourbon Fig Jam

Fig Recipes - Drunken Figgy Jam

Fig Recipes – Drunken Figy Jame (click picture for recipe)

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Fig Recipes - Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Fig Recipes – Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Types of Figs that I tasted this year

Brown Turkey Fig

Brown Turey Fig

Brown Turey 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.

Brown Turey Fig Flesh

Brown Turey Fig Flesh

Panache Tiger Stripe Fig

Panache Tiger Fig

Panache Tiger 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.

Panache Tiger Fig flesh

Panache Tiger Fig flesh

Black Mission Fig

 Black Mission Fig

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.

Black Mission Fig Flesh

Black Mission Fig Flesh

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)

Fig Varieties Cut open

Fig Varieties Cut open

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. Here’s my favorite fig recipe.
    Prepared pizza dough (home made or purchase).
    6+ sliced figs
    1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
    1/4 cup red onions, sliced, and pre-cooked
    fresh basil
    Balsamic vinegar reduction (slowly simmer the balsamic to make it thicker)

    Roll into dough into a rustic circle or oblong shape.
    brush with oil
    cook on grill (yes, directly on the grill) About 5 minutes
    when cooked firm on first side, brush quickly with oil and turn it over
    quickly distribute figs, onions, basil, and cheese over the pizza (the side that has been cooked)
    Close lid on grill to cook through.

    Watch the grill closely – don’t burn the pizza

    Drizzle the pizza with the balsamic reduction. I wait for figs all year to be able to have this dish.

  2. Thank you for posting the recipes. These looks great!

  3. Wow! Super impressed with all these fig ideas. Great pics!!!

  4. I didn’t know that there was so much benefits to eating figs, I am going to have figs as part of my diet now.

  5. I have never cooked with figs before but these recipes look pretty good! I’ll have to give it a try.

  6. Figs sure have a lot of derivatives. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have never seen a fresh fig – thanks for sharing these recipes. I’ll try one out when I travel to California to visit the kids this fall!

  8. Bradley Finnearty

    Never been a big fan of figs, but these look great.

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever had the Panache Tiger Stripe fig! All of them are super healthy – I usually end up doing smoothies and crostini or stuffed figs like you’ve shown.

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