5 Ways With Figs

We bring you five ways to use up your surplus fig harvest, including recipes, tips and ideas.

We’ve had an incredible response to our call out for our readers’ favourite ways to use up a glut of fragrant figs. Here are our five of our favourites (plus some honourable mentions).

using up surplus figs
Put your surplus of figs to good use.

1. Fig jam

An indisputable classic, this was far and away the most common response to our pleas for ideas, but we were thrilled by suggestions of eating it on delicious goats cheese! We’re also digging this recipe from the aptly named blog Fig Jam & Lime Cordial.

2. Dried figs

It’s been so sunny in our corner of the world the last week so we’ve had a go at drying our figs simply in the sunshine.  You could pop them in a solar dehydrator if you have one too. Delicious, intense fig flavour without the added sugar of jam.

fig harvest
Figs are a great source of antioxidants, calcium and potassium.

3. Fig Grappa

Okay, this is pretty special, and we even received a recipe from one of our Instagram followers: Take two empty wine bottles and shove 15 figs in each … Then fill to the neck of each bottle with Grappa Di Moscato.. Leave for at least three months or longer before drinking.

4. Share them at a produce swap

Take them along to a produce swap like Ripe Near Me (we think this suggestion might have been from those who don’t have a fig tree!).

figs in the sunshine
Why not dehydrate your figs in the sunshine?

5. Fig cake

Of course – cake! Figs are so sweet they can be used in a delicious cake like this one that uses no (refined) sugar. 

Honourable mentions…

  • Crystalised figs
  • Fig paste
  • Fig frangipane tart
  • Fig, honey and yoghurt icy poles

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