5 Easy Fig Recipes with fresh figs and dried figs. From Slow Cooker Fig Jam to Sticky Fig Pudding Cake, they are all simple to make & yummy to eat!
What exactly is a fig?
Hold on to your seat. Technically, figs are not fruit. They are inside-out flowers! Yep! Inverted flowers. Fig flowers bloom inside these pear-shaped pods that mature into the tender, sweet fruit we eat.
What are the most common figs?
Five of the most common figs are Adriatic, Black Mission Figs, Brown Turkey, Kadota, and Calimyrna. Read more about figs and how they are grown from Southern Living's comprehensive article.
For a list of the different types of figs, Spruce Eats has a general guide.
Kinds of figs used in these recipes
I have several fig trees in our yard. Our Calimryna (Smyrna)-hybrid tree produces the most figs so I make my Slow Cooker Fig Jam with those.
Then, I use that fig jam recipe to make Maple Buttercream-Frosted Fig Jam Cake and Fig Jam Cake topped with Easy Fig and Lemon Preserves and whipped cream.
Any edible fig variety can be used to make Fig and Lemon Preserves, but I used Mission figs for the batch in the photograph. I have a one year old Brown Turkey fig tree I hope produces in a couple of years!
Closer to fall and winter, I like to stock up on dried figs and make Sticky Fig Pudding Cake for the holidays.
I'd love to hear in the comments below what you like to make with figs or if you've made my fig recipes!
All the fig recipes in this collection are easy or are made with a shortcut!