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How do you eat figs?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I love the sweet fruity filling of dried figs, but I don't like the fibrous skin of the dried fruit. Therefore, I can only eat figs in the comfort of my home because I split them open and gnaw out the fruity goodness like a wild baboon. What's worse is the yield I get from this technique is very small.

So..... I'd love to know what your favorite preparations for figs are... And, what are your favorite varieties?

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on February 25, 2013
at 06:11 PM

Why not eat fresh figs instead of dried? They are healthier and the skin is not tough at all.

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on January 31, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Those are probably black mission figs.

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:21 AM

You could stir some jam in yogurt... or make a filling for a paleo cake... Spread on paleo pancakes... probably delicious to simply dip bananas on the jam... heck, I bet you could even make a salad dressing using the jam as one of the ingredients.. Hmmm-yuum!

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:38 AM

ooooo! That is really interesting! I'll have to try that!

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:56 PM

If you heat them up the fibrous skin will soften up and become much more succulent and edible. I like to wrap mine in proscuito or bacon and bake them until they are soft and warm. If you eat goats cheese, heating them up then eating with a piece of soft goat cheese and some za'taar seasoning is delicious.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:21 PM

And amazing stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon.

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:59 PM

i like to chop them up and stew them with carrots, parnips and greens or add them to ground turkey, eggs and goat cheese and make meatball type things..

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:38 AM

ooooo! That is really interesting! I'll have to try that!

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I don't know the variety, because they come from my yard, but they're the dark colored ones... Anyway, I mix halved figs with kalamata olives and a thickly sliced onion in the bottom of the 9x9 pan I roast chickens in. Then I plop the seasoned chicken on top. Once the roasting is done, I take all of the juices, most of the figs and olives, and some of the onions, and puree them instead of making gravy.

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on January 31, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Those are probably black mission figs.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I don't eat figs anymore because they're too sweet (my sweet tooth has gotten very sensitive), but I used to make fig jam out of just boiling dried de-stemmed figs with water, then blending it up (so the skins got ground up and weren't noticeable) and kept it in a jar in the fridge. I don't even know what I would spread fig jam on now, but it was good. Also, I've only had mission and calimyrna figs, but I think I liked the latter better.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on January 31, 2012
at 05:21 AM

You could stir some jam in yogurt... or make a filling for a paleo cake... Spread on paleo pancakes... probably delicious to simply dip bananas on the jam... heck, I bet you could even make a salad dressing using the jam as one of the ingredients.. Hmmm-yuum!

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:25 PM

I can't eat figs without putting on pounds same day, even if i limit myself to just 1-2 in a day, they are just that loaded with fructose and something else inflammatory to me. I believe it to be the extremely high fructose content but it could be something else offensive to my internals.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:15 PM

I don't eat them any more despite having several fig trees. Their fructose content is off the charts. Gorged on them for years. YMMV.

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on January 31, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Mmmm ... fresh figs, p??t??-stuffed, bacon-wrapped.

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I love fresh figs, but I don't eat more than one or two a day when in season. We've got a couple trees out at the family vineyard.

They're really lovely wrapped in a thin slice of proscuitto. I'll peel them and slice one or two into a salad with walnuts and arugula, drizzles with olive oil. My dad used to eat them in a bowl with a little cream over his cereal.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:19 PM

What about dried figs? Although they are deadly sweet.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:21 PM

And amazing stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon.

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