Organic Fresh Figs

Have you discovered Fresh Figs? Most people only eating experience with figs is Dried Figs, and likely in the form of a cookie or dried fruit bar. Is the flavor the same? Comparing dried Figs to fresh Figs is a bit like comparing the flavor of raisins to fresh Grapes – it’s similar, yet a very different eating experience. Ripe Fresh Figs have tender skin and a soft, gooey flesh, and can be eaten whole (except for the stem) or sliced into wedges. The fruit tastes sweet, rich and slightly earthy. Fresh Figs are excellent for eating whole as a snack, for desserts, or in sweet and savory baking recipes. Figs wrapped with bacon? Oh yea!

Fresh Figs are ripe and sweet when they become soft to a gentle squeeze. Soft is good. You can keep them at room temperature for a day to soften or in the fridge for maybe a week if you can’t eat them right away.

Fresh Fig How-To

  • Selecting: Be gentle! Fresh Figs are delicate so handle with care. Skin scars and overall skin color rarely impact the flavor, but closely inspect packages to avoid Figs with leaks, punctures or smashed areas which will quickly go bad.
  • Ripening: Fresh Figs are ripe and sweet when they become soft to a gentle squeeze. Soft is good. You can keep them at room temperature for a day to soften or in the fridge for maybe a week if you can’t eat them right away.
  • Eating: The skin is edible, but the stem is not. I love to hold them by the stem and eat the rest of the fruit whole – yum! Slice them in to wedges to top a salad or throw them into a smoothie to add rich sweetness. They pair well with sweet dishes, savory dishes and salty meats.
  • Recipes: Here is an expansive collection of recipe ideas to feature the rich, old-world flavor of Fresh Organic Figs.

You’ve probably tried dried figs or Fig Newton cookies before, but have you ever experienced the seasonal delight and ancient treat: Fresh Figs? Jonathan talks about the Fresh Fig season from California, what the fruit tastes like and how to know when they’re ripe.