Fig Season is Here! Do You Like Figs Sweet...or Savory?

Fig Season is Here! Do You Like Figs Sweet...or Savory?

Megan Gordon
Aug 27, 2013

Fig season can be finnicky. Here in Seattle, figs often have a quick appearance in late June, disappear rapidly, and then come back for a real showing right about now, in mid- to late-August through early October. And around this time I'm bombarded with things I want to do with them, from savory chutneys to sweet galettes and salads. I generally buy more than I know what to do with out of pure excitement. Which begs the question: do you prefer sweet or savory recipes when it comes to fresh figs?

In a way, it's a tough question because even in savory applications, figs bring the sweetness. They encourage the use of a little honey, they soften beautifully into cakes and muffins, and they add a welcome earthiness to more neutral flavors like vanilla or creme fraiche. But figs also hold their own in bold dishes amongst fish or chicken — even beef. Versatile, soft and sweet — they're happy in both the sweet and savory worlds.

What's your pleasure? What's your favorite fig recipe?

Sweet Recipes:

Savory Recipes:

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