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A collection of terrific fig recipes, both savory and sweet, from food blogs.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Stella

    I have a fig tree in yard… is full and ready to drop in the next month….I need ideas as to what to do with them all…I don’t preserve or can so I would like a simple jam recipe

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  2. Deborah Laing

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

  3. 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.

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  4. Meghna

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

  5. 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.

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