5 ways to use fresh figs

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There’s no substitute for fresh, wholesome foods in our recipes. To that end, it’s tremendously important to understand which fruits and vegetables are at their peak of freshness and which require a few months’ wait time before purchasing (or harvesting, if you’re of the farm-to-table persuasion).

Though dried figs are available year-round, fresh figs start appearing in many parts of the world in late June and again in late August through October. So you’ve got just a few weeks to figure out what you’re going to do with these juicy, snackable and nutritious (rich in fiber, potassium and manganese!) fruits.

Fig cobbler

Fresh fig cobbler (Photo: Miriam Kresh/Unpacked)

To keep her beloved fresh figs from spoiling, Miriam Kresh made this cobbler as an alternative to the usual peach or apple cobblers. It’s light, just sweet enough, and a breeze to prepare.

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Fig bruschetta

This fig bruschetta is bound to be a big hit at your next gathering. (Photo: Jerry James Stone/Unpacked)

You may have seen bruschetta with tomatoes and basil. We love that version, too, but figs bring something really special to this fun, elegant appetizer. Israeli Kitchen contributor Jerry James Stone devised this irresistible combination of mission figs and goat cheese that’s easy to make and full of flavor.

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Spiced fig jam

Homemade fig jam sure beats the store-bought variety. (Photo: nadja robot/flickr)

In late spring and early summer, Israel is bursting with fig trees. It’s a time of year when Kresh puts her fig cooking to the ultimate test, trying virtually every fig recipe she can think of, just to take advantage of this luscious fruit. This unconventional fig jam, which includes red wine, herbs and a little balsamic vinegar, is no exception.

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Poached figs in spiced wine

Poached in a wine-based syrup and perfumed with spices, figs make an unusual, light dessert all by themselves. (Photo: : Miriam Kresh/Unpacked)

This is a recipe you won’t see everywhere. After cooking for 20 minutes and then chilling for at least an hour, these poached figs make a splendid after-dinner confection.

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Roasted chicken with figs

Next time you’re planning a chicken dinner, think about adding figs to the roast. (Photo: Miriam Kresh/Unpacked)

Roasting chicken with fruit is a popular holiday concoction, but it’s too good to be eaten only once a year. It turns out figs and chicken are the perfect pair, enhanced with the cozy flavors of rosemary. Put it all together, and you’ve just found your new favorite chicken dinner.

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