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Fresh Figs So Unlike Fig Newtons

Posted by terrepruitt on September 15, 2012

As you may know I’ve been having an organic box of produce delivered every other week.  My hope was in addition to getting fresh, yummy produce I would receive some new things that I normally would not have come home with from the grocery store or farmers market.  Well, up until last week, I think I had received some pretty basic things.  Different varieties of fruits and veggies, but nothing too new, right?  I am asking because I don’t remember.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI am thinking I did receive something else I hadn’t had before, but I can’t remember what it was.  Oh, except those Shishito peppers that did end up being thrown away.  After I tasted one every time I just looked at the container I felt like I needed something to drink to get that bitter taste out of my mouth so I couldn’t bring myself to cook them.  In my last box I received a container of beautiful figs.  Mission figs.  I remember I tried some figs last November.  I remember it was November because we had gathered to watch V for Vendetta and one of the snacks was figs on goat cheese.  I don’t remember have eaten figs before because they just seemed icky to me.  I think I had only been presented with dried figs and I don’t like dried fruit.  I actually KNEW I didn’t like figs because of fig newtons.  Now, I know that a fig newton really isn’t a fig and I should have not based my liking of the fruit on such a thing, but I had.  So here I was with a container of figs.  I had no idea what to do with them.  What do you do with a fig?

So I asked a few people.  Believe it or not their response was the same, “Just eat ’em.”  Um . . . no thanks.  My husband likes to just eat them and he ate one.  When I told him I didn’t know what to do with them he said to just give him the go-ahead and he would eat them.  He said they were good.

The bulk of the recipes I found online seemed to be tarts, pastries, desserts, and ooey-gooey things.  And salads.  Sigh.  I thought I would go to the store and get some goat cheese and try making that dish that I had eaten before, but when I went to the store I found crumbled goat cheese and not a “brick” for slicing.

I can’t remember exactly, but I believe the snack was a piece of fig on top of a slice of goat cheese, with honey drizzled on it.  Really rich, but very yummy.  Kind of desserty.

I was happy and excited I received something I hadn’t had before, but I was stumped as to what to do with it/them.  Even though I bragged about Farm Fresh To You having recipes on their site, I kept forgetting to look at it.

Do you like figs?  How do you eat them?  Do you know a savory dish that uses figs?

10 Responses to “Fresh Figs So Unlike Fig Newtons”

  1. I JUST read another post about figs. That is so funny! It reminded me of my ex-mother-in-law. She had a HUGE fig tree out in her yard. She had more figs than anyone I have ever known. They were really good. But her fig jelly she made was the BEST.


    • I think that what happens is it is the season . . . . because I remember noticing one time that every food show, magazine, blog, etc. was talking about, doing recipes for, and post about a certain food once and I thought, “What is up?” So maybe it is fig season? Because we get seasonal fruits and veggies in the organic box. I am not a jelly or jam eater, but I bet it was reallyl yummy. Homemade kind is so much better than the store bought kind.

      Thanks for being here, A!


  2. Victoria said

    I have heard of the fig and goat chees dessert or appetizer. I think I would be tempted to come up with something like a Fig Newton….but should go for the fig, cheese and honey…sounds good!


    • Well, I think that if you were to “come up with something” like a Fig Newton it would be WAY better (nutritionally) than a Fig Newton especially if you were using fresh figs. And the fig, cheese, and honey IS really good — quite literally FINGER LICKING (sticky fingers) good! I was hoping to get more figs to experiment, but I was too late in trying to order an additional delivery.

      Perhaps figs could be substituted in for apricots in the bars you reference on your post?

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Benay said

    I love figs! I just bought 2 baskets of black mission figs yesterday and they’re yummy! I cut them up and include them on a fruit plate for dessert – last night, I served them with slices of white nectarine, sometimes I pair figs with strawberries. During the Nia workshop in Seal Beach, Courtney invited us to dinner at her house and she served fresh figs on a plate with a couple of different kinds of cheese and some other fruit. Most people cut a piece of cheese and ate it with a piece of fig.


  4. Colleen said

    We just recently had Grilled Figs with Blue Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar, at a luncheon gathering. They were interestingly yummy.


    • Colleen. Colleen? COOL! Grilled figs? Hmmm. I need to try that. Seems like blue cheese, goat cheese, and feta are the popular cheeses form ig combos. And Benay was just saying figs with a cheese tray. You know me, I love cheese.

      Thank you so much for being here, Honey!


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