7 Fig Recipes to Make the Most of Summer’s Favourite Fruit

Sweet, juicy figs are jam-packed with potassium, antioxidants and fibre. Here are the best fig recipes to add to your summer menu.

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The fig has a long-standing history as a symbol of female sexuality. Its pink flesh and little seeds are suggestive reminders of reproductive lady parts, and it’s been titled the unofficial understudy of the apple in the classic Adam and Eve tale. Even without its romantic past, a ripe fig is undeniable food porn. Plus, if you add figs to pretty much any recipe it makes your dish look profesh.

Fresh figs are loaded with a sweet, jammy flavour and tiny seeds that crackle like Pop Rocks on the tongue, with their flesh surrounded by a thin, edible skin. And you can boost a basic piece of toast with some ricotta, herbs and beautifully sliced figs.

With an impressive three grams of fibre and only 74 calories in two medium figs, they’re a satisfying way to promote healthy regularity and manage your weight.

But wait, the nutritional news gets better:

One serving of figs provides seven percent of your daily heart-healthy potassium needs, plus powerful phenolic antioxidants that may help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

While we’re all about fresh when figs are in season between early summer and early fall, dried figs shouldn’t be overlooked. Dried figs may be higher in calories and natural sugars, but early research suggests that they may beat their fresh counterparts in the antioxidant department.

To up your game with your food insta posts, we’ve rounded up our favourite fig recipes.

(Related: 11 In-Season Fruits to Enjoy This Summer)

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fig recipes | Panna Cotta
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Panna Cotta with Spiced Vanilla Figs

Panna cotta is cool and creamy and makes the perfect canvas to show off spiced figs.

Recipe: Panna Cotta with Spiced Vanilla Figs

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Low-Cal Fig Chia Pudding

Healthy and totally Instagrammable, this fig chia pudding is #healthfoodgoals. It’s actually easy to make if you have the time to chill.

Recipe: Fig Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl

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Caramelized Onion and Fig Pita Pizza

Skip the pepperoni and triple cheese. Up your pizza game by choosing unexpected ingredients, like fig and chèvre.

Recipe: Onion, Arugula and Fig Pizza

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Walnut, Prosciutto and Fig Amuse-Bouche

For a simple amuse-bouche, these walnut, prosciutto and fig apps are delicious and look stunning on a platter.

Recipe: Walnut, Prosciutto and Fig Amuse-Bouche

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Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

This salad goes perfectly with buttered hazelnut or walnut bread, or other dense breads.

Recipe: Fig and Prosciutto Salad

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Honey-Roasted Ricotta with Figs and Grapes

This is ideal as an antipasto or an alternative to a rich dessert; serve it with flatbread crackers. It’s so fresh and flavourful you don’t need a large helping.

Recipe: Honey Roasted Ricotta with Figs and Grapes Appetizer

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Grape & Fig Wine-Soaked Compote

Sweet, boozy and herbaceous, this simple wine-soaked compote is a perfect accompaniment to a melty brie or a sharp Parm.

Recipe: Grape, Marsala & Fig Compote

Next: 12 Perfect Recipes for Summer Picnics 

Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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