Dried figs are great and all, but if you've ever tasted a fresh fig you know that there's no contest between the two. Sweet and honeyed, fresh figs are a rare treat meant to be savored. They were, after all, the foods of the gods.
When you see figs in the supermarket or farmer's market grab a bunch, because they can be hard to find despite their long season, which runs late summer to fall. They might not always look perfect, and that's okay because figs rarely do. The sign of a perfectly ripe fig is when you see a bit of bend in the stem and the feel of the skin is supple. Crackly skin is fine, just stay away from figs that are overly soft or oozy.
Figs are delicious eaten right out of hand, but using them in recipes is an even better way to enjoy the delicate and scarce late summer fruit. We found just the recipes to help you do that.