During season, fresh figs are available in the produce section of markets such as Whole Foods or can be ordered online through Casacalabria.wordpress.com or Melissas.com. There are two fig seasons during the year.
24 Hour Best Buy and Maywood Farms sell fresh figs online as of 2015. Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods, Willabrand Australia and Southern Italian Life also offer them.
Grilled figs with yogurt sauce, fresh figs with goat cheese and fresh fig ice cream are three easy fresh fig recipes. Fresh figs with goat cheese is the easiest dish to make as it requires no cooking and can be made in five minutes.
Figs are healthy and are a good source of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, copper and manganese. They also contain potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure. The fiber present in figs also assists the body in managing weight.
Some recipes for fig bread include fig bread with pecan and spices and fig and date bread. To make the first recipe, beat together 3 eggs and 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Mash 2 cups of ripe figs, and add them to the sugar and eggs with 3/4 cup of vegetable oil.
Figs grow best in hardiness zones 8 through 10, but some cultivars are more cold tolerant. Figs historically grew throughout a swath of land stretching from Turkey to India. However, they have spread throughout the world at the hands of humans, and they are common throughout the Mediterranean basin.
Figs have a short season in early summer and a main season from late summer until fall. The first crop of the season is called the breba crop, which comes in on the last season's growth. Spring frost often eradicates the breba crop and the remaining previous season's growth.
Figs and dates are two different types of fruits. Figs are green or greenish-purple when ripe while dates are dark brown when fully sun ripened. Fig plants are shrubs while dates are grown on trees.
The skin of the fig is completely edible. The only part of the fig that should not be consumed is the stem.
Grow a fig tree by choosing the right variety, planting the tree at the right time, choosing a sunny location and using well-drained soil. Water the tree regularly, and only add fertilizer to remedy poor growth.