Fresh Figs ~ Four Ways

 

Fresh figs take me STRAIGHT back to my childhood in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Our mini-homestead included pear trees, grapevines, chickens, ducks, a ginormous garden, and two beautiful fig trees.

Each summer, as the figs began to ripen, my dad would fight to keep the birds from consuming the fruit and, later, my mom would do her part: turning the bounty into delicious fig preserves. We enjoyed those sweet fresh figs during the harvest and then relished the fig preserves as the weather turned colder.

Now, many years later, I have a small fig tree in my suburban yard and I treasure each fig that I pluck from those branches. Not enough for canning preserves … but maybe one day!

With fig season in full swing, here are some ideas for enjoying them fresh off the tree. Or fresh from the farmers market.

Blue Cheese & Pistachio Stuffed Figs

So easy and so delicious. Slice each fresh fig in half lengthwise and top with a teaspoon of blue cheese, gorgonzola, etc. along with a couple of pistachio nuts. Sprinkle with droplets of honey & balsamic vinegar then serve at room temperature.

Figs Wrapped in Bacon

Well, it’s bacon so of course it’s a good idea! Cut slices of bacon, from healthy pastured pigs, in half lengthwise then use each half to wrap figs, placing them on a baking dish with the ends tucked under. Broil, turning as needed, until bacon is browned and crisp. Serve warm.

Roasted Chicken with Figs

Prepare a whole chicken for roasting then tuck a few fresh figs in the cavity and toss a few more around the roasting pan. Serve the browned figs with your poultry and enjoy the caramelized sweetness.

Colorful Salad with Figs

Assemble a salad with fresh baby spinach, fennel, pickled beetroot, and slices of boiled eggs. Top with figs, quartered, plus olive oil, honey and Celtic sea salt.

Are you blessed with an abundant harvest of figs? Here are some ideas for preserving your figs.
Balsamic Fig Jam from The Paleo Mama.
Savory Sweet Onion & Fig Relish from Italian Food Forever.
Dehydrated Figs from Urban Farm Girl
 

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4 Responses to Fresh Figs ~ Four Ways

  1. Brandy August 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi there. I would LOVE to plant a fig tree in our yard as well as part of turning our backyard completely into an edible garden. Could you tell me what type of tree you have (I’m just over the NC border in SC) and when a good time to plant it is?
    Thanks!

    • Nourishing Charlotte August 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Brandy! Thanks for stopping by Nourishing Charlotte! I think the fig variety is Celeste or maybe Brown Turkey. Fall would be a great time to plant a new tree in our area. Be sure to allow plenty of room for the fig tree to grow. It will get WIDE!
      Good luck and let me know how it goes. 🙂

  2. Jackie August 28, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    Thank you for including my Balsamic Fig Jam recipe!!

    • Nourishing Charlotte August 28, 2013 at 2:06 am #

      Hi Jackie! I love that recipe!

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