Figs have been around for thousands of years and are originally from the Mediterranean. They have always been valued for their sweet taste and perfume. Moreover, there are so many fig varieties ranging from green to purple to nearly black. Figs are filled with little seeds and peeling them isn’t necessary, although we sometimes do so for aesthetic purposes. They can be eaten fresh or dried; they’re delicious in any of these forms.
For curiosity’s sake I will also tell you that the fig has been the protagonist in countless palace schemes in the age of the Roman emperors. It’s said that some famous characters have filled them with venom during the night hours to poison the chosen victim, removing them from the path to power without arousing suspicion.
Well, all curiosities aside, the fig is a fruit that goes well in sweet dishes and salads, making it a versatile and practical ingredient. They make a perfect combination with cold cuts and cheese, but they’re also excellent in fresh summer salads and delicious deserts.
A good way to serve figs is in combination with custard, in a sweet trifle, or as you can see in this basic and delightful recipe- that you will love preparing at home- in the simple preparation of a dollop of fresh sliced fig, thyme leaves, whipped cream and some blueberries. I assure you it is a spectacular dessert.
Since this is a seasonal fruit, the rest of the year we can enjoy dried figs, which serve as an inspiration for more exquisite recipes. How do you like your figs?