Figs have a remarkably long history of cultivation and consumption. They are one of the oldest cultivated fruits known to humans, dating back to around 9,000 years ago in the Middle East. Figs were highly regarded in many ancient civilisations, including those of the Mediterranean, where they were often associated with abundance and fertility.
Here are five ways to eat figs, each with a delicious pairing.
1. Fresh Fig and Goat's Cheese Appetiser:Slice fresh figs in half or quarters, depending on their size.
Top each fig slice with a small spoonful of creamy goat's cheese (chèvre).
Drizzle with honey for sweetness and garnish with chopped fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.
Serve as an elegant and simple appetiser.
2. Fig and Prosciutto Wrap:Wrap a fresh or dried fig in a slice of prosciutto.
The salty prosciutto complements the sweet figs perfectly.
Optionally, you can add a small piece of blue cheese or goat cheese before wrapping for extra richness.
3. Fig and Walnut Salad:Create a refreshing salad by combining sliced fresh figs with mixed greens.
Add toasted walnuts for crunch.
Crumble goat cheese on top for creaminess.
Drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing to tie the flavours together.
4. Fig and Almond Smoothie:Blend fresh or dried figs with almond milk, a banana, a handful of almonds, and a touch of honey.
This smoothie is a creamy and nutritious way to enjoy the sweet flavour of figs with the nuttiness of almonds.
5. Fig and Balsamic Glazed Chicken:
Create a savoury main dish by marinating chicken breasts or thighs in a balsamic vinegar and honey glaze.
Grill or bake the chicken until fully cooked.
Serve the chicken with a side of sliced fresh figs and a drizzle of reduced balsamic glaze.
The figs provide a sweet contrast to the savoury chicken.
Go ahead and experiment and adjust these pairings to suit your taste preferences. A simple glass of rosé perhaps.
Let us know how you get on!