Figs!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

September is fig season here in Northern California and at Casa Simply Recipes. In fact, we are in the midst of our annual “what to do with all these figs?” problem. My mother has a fig tree that my father and I are not allowed to trim, or even touch, so the tree just gets bigger every year. Shallow trays filled with figs line every available counter and table space in the house. We can’t give them away fast enough. Dad gets grumpy (“Would you please find something to do with all these figs!”). I make fig jam which uses up maybe six of them. I’ve tried them baked with goat cheese, but being green figs, and not more intense mission figs, they are too delicate and the result is rather a mushy mess. Mom dries them. I’m thinking about pickling a few. Do you have any ideas for us? Some favorite fig recipes that would work well with the more delicate green figs? Here are a few great-sounding recipes that we dug up from fellow food blogs (and the NYT):

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  • Deborah Laing

    I’m happy to have found all of your ideas. Thanks. Puree black figs to make the best bbq sauce ever.

  • Vonda Clark

    My husband and I are blessed with too many figs . We have the large yellow figs and the tree has been so loaded , I just located your recipe site and am looking forward to trying some of them. Tho I wish I could share them with some of the readers whose posts I’ve read who are not as blessed with figs. We live in a small community have tried to give them away. we live in North East Texas and it is good fig growing area. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Meghna

    I love fig and always keep on trying the different ways to include this healthy food in my diet:)

  • Phil

    Here in SC we have one tree that supplies us and many neighbors. Our chickens can’t wait for one to get too ripe and hit the ground. They are like kids in a candy store.

  • Emily

    As a child growing up in NYC, we had fig trees in our backyard, and enjoyed the figs during the growing period. Then before the weather started getting cold, my father and grandfather would wrap the trees with whatever was available in order to protect the trees from the frigid winter weather. When the weather permitted it, they were unwrapped to produce more fruit. Now that I think about it, what a treasure those trees were. Here in Florida, we have a tree, but are not as successful. We must be doing something wrong.

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