Plump, jammy, and sweet, figs are a honeylike treat that have enchanted humans for millennia. They can be consumed in any way imaginable; they are glorious fresh off the tree, air dried, baked into a variety of sweets, or cooked into a rich spread.
Figs: From Ancient Times to Modern Tables
Since ancient times, figs have played an important role in society—in fact, they were one of the earliest domesticated crops in human history. Legendary Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote extensively of the fascinating plant, and figs have a notably long history in Italy, where ancient Romans had many culinary uses for the prized “fruit,” and often used it to fatten up geese, a la foie gras. Though the usage of figs has changed and evolved, figs are just as popular today, both in Italy and internationally.
What kind of fig products are there?
Italian fig jam and fig spread is one of the most popular ways to use this juicy treat. Award-winning Dalmatia® fig spread has developed a fervent following and makes a popular pairing for milky cheese like burrata, or salty meats like prosciutto. Paninis, pizzas, flatbreads, and cheese boards, all benefit from a generous dollop of Italian fig jam.
Another favorite fig treat, chocolate covered figs offer up a taste of indulgence. Otherwise known as fichi al cioccolato, figs dipped in chocolate are a tasty combination of contrasts: chewy yet smooth, creamy yet crunchy. At Supermarket Italy, you can find Mitica chocolate covered figs, one of Europe’s favorite versions of the product made in sunny Spain.