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Five ways with Figs

Fig varieties are either classified as black or white, but they are notoriously difficult to identify the exact type as there are over 700 delicious edible varieties. Figs which are green when ripe are classified as white. e.g. the green muscatel variety is low in acid, excellent for drying, eating  straight from the tree or making into jam. The black varieties are deep red or black in colour, some black varieties have thicker skin and are often used in baking recipes.

Figs are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and anti- oxidants. They ripen quickly during the summer allowing us to pick a bowl full each morning to be chopped and eaten with yogurt and raw honey that we bravely gathered from the bee hive.

We have over 8 fig trees here in the Spanish Campo and the figs are literally falling off the trees.  There is an abundance of the juicy jammy yummy figs and we love them so much we don’t want to waste any of them.  To take full advantage of this bountiful daily harvest we have eat figs daily for breakfast and have ried our hand at making chutney, jam, and baking figs as a delicious dessert with ice cream. Below are recipies for a delicious tangy chutney, fruity jam and a simple sweet dessert.

1. Figs with muesli, raw honey and yoghurt/soy milk

Figs are probably best enjoyed straight from the tree, quartered and added to muesli or eaten just on their own.  Great with soy milk, yoghurt and honey to add even more delicious sweetness.


2. Fig Chutney

1kg fresh figs

3 red onions chopped

3 apples chopped

2tsp all spice

Pinch of chilli flakes

2 tsb lemon zest

700g demerera sugar

2tsp salt

800ml red wine vinegar

2 tsp ground black pepper

Method: Put all of the ingredients into a large pan, boil, then simmer (covered) for 30 mins, uncover and simmer until thick and rich. Stir frequently to avoid sticking. Spoon into sterilised jars. Enjoy with some good cheese or as an accompanyment to a curry. The flavours in the chutney will blend together during storage so are best eaten after a month or so (if you can wait that long) and can be kept for at least a couple year unopened.  One opened store in the fridge and eat within 3 months.

3. Healthy Fig Jam

Figs 1kg

Red Wine 1/3 cup

Honey 1 cup

Lemon 2 tbls

Spring water 1/3 cup

Balsamic vinegar 1tbls

Salt 1tsp

Method:  Mash the figs, pour in the water, wine, lemon and leave for 1-2 hours. Bring the figs, lemon juice, red wine and water to a boil over medium heat. Boil until figs are soft and begin to fall apart. Add honey, salt and vinegar. Reduce heat to medium/low. Blend if desired or spoon straight into jars.

Keep in the fridge for up to a month, great on buttery toast.


4. Baked figs with ice cream

Cut each fresh fig into four, keeping the quarters attached at the base. Put the figs into a baking tray, sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Bake for 15-20 mins at 200c. (We cooked ours the BBQ, which works just as well!). Serve with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with the sweet figgy cooking juices from the baking tray.


5. Frozen Figs

IMG_1034One more thing; If you have figs left over that you can’t possibly eat as you have already consumed your own body weight in figs try this handy storage tip; (Thanks mumTo open freeze store, figs can be halved, frozen on a tray and then added to the previous days figs and kept in a bag in the freezer until the figs on the trees have ran out and you really fancy some more.

Just leave them overnight in the fridge to defrost and by the morning they are ready to pop on your breakfast.

Frozen figs are slightly mushier in texture but have the same delicious figgy flavours!

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31 thoughts on “Five ways with Figs


    (August 16, 2016 - 8:31 am)

    Figs are my favorite fruit, this post goes straight to my favorites!

    Coombe Mill

    (August 16, 2016 - 8:46 am)

    I adore fresh figs! We are off to the south of France next week to stay with family and they have a wonderful tree in their garden I will be raiding. Great looking recipies, I’d love them all! #TwinklyTuesday


      (August 16, 2016 - 3:20 pm)

      Thanks for your comment Fiona.Hope you have a great trip. It’s such a treat to have fresh figs. Enjoy!

    Petite Library

    (August 16, 2016 - 10:37 am)

    Wow! Yum. We’re in Croatia at the moment and adoring the fig jam! Thanks for the foodie inspiration #TwinklyTuesday

    Emma Plus Three

    (August 16, 2016 - 7:42 pm)

    Ooh I love figs, great ideas! x #TwinklyTuesday

    Mimi Rose & Me

    (August 19, 2016 - 6:43 am)

    Oooh the fig chutney sounds and looks amazing. I have never really tried my daughter on figs. So the next time we are at the supermarket we will have to try and get some! 🙂 #BinkyLinky


      (August 19, 2016 - 12:52 pm)

      We all love figs here, the kids like them best dried or with ice cream for surprises there; thanks for your comment!

    Shamera Branson

    (August 19, 2016 - 8:25 am)

    That looks so yummy! I have to try these ideas out! #binkylinky

    Twinmumanddad (@Twinmumanddad)

    (August 21, 2016 - 6:21 pm)

    I’ve never actually tried figs, but these recipes look yummy. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky


      (August 21, 2016 - 6:51 pm)

      Try them if you see them at the supermarket they are delicious!


    (August 21, 2016 - 8:23 pm)

    Love figs and these look yummy Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky come back next week please

    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    (August 24, 2016 - 7:07 am)

    Tehe I was going to make a comment about being very regular after all these figs!! I love them too and there are so many things you can do with them. I like the idea of fig jam! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x


      (August 24, 2016 - 11:48 am)

      Most fig jams are full of sugar but our recipe is a healthy alternative. Oh and yes, they are wonderful at keeping you regular!!

    Honest Mum

    (August 24, 2016 - 11:12 pm)

    Wow want it all! In France currently and devouring figs!


      (August 25, 2016 - 6:27 am)

      Delicious, especially when sweet and squashy with a jammy centre


    (August 25, 2016 - 7:27 pm)

    In never really given figs much of a chance, but I love the sound of baked figs and ice cream! And the jam for that matter. Thanks for the inspiration. Off to pin it now as I definitely want to try these out cx #ablogginggoodtime


      (August 25, 2016 - 7:46 pm)

      Baked gigs are so delicious,sweet and rich and yummy with ice cream. The jam is great on toast too. Thanks for your comments. Hope you enjoy!

    An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)

    (August 26, 2016 - 11:31 am)

    I’ve never really eaten figs TBH I like the sound of fig jam and baked figs with ice cream too. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉


      (August 26, 2016 - 1:19 pm)

      Baked figs with ice cream is a treat and easy to prepare too. The jam can be used with cakes, tarts, biscuits, crackers, rice pudding, yoghurt, poridge, waffles, pancakes…..


    (August 31, 2016 - 1:20 pm)

    I absolutely adore figs – thanks for sharing! #thelist

    Lisa Pomerantz

    (September 5, 2016 - 1:53 am)

    I love figs, always have. Any gluten free fig newton recipes out there? #ablogginggoodtime


      (September 5, 2016 - 7:45 pm)

      I can see why you love figs, have a look at our post on fig and nut energy bars. Substitute the oats and flour for gluten free.

        Lisa Pomerantz

        (September 7, 2016 - 2:37 pm)

        Will do! Thanks so much. Happy to have found you in the blogosphere! 😘✨

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