Plump, fleshy, and sweet, figs are a 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?
Fig jam 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 cheeses like brie, or salty meats like prosciutto. Paninis, pizzas, flatbreads, and cheese boards, all benefit from a generous dollop of fig jam. Another condiment whose popularity is growing is fig balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze.
Aside from charcuterie boards, figs are featured in numerous Mediterranean desserts and confections, like Italian panforte. At Supermarket Italy, you can find Mitica Chocolate Covered Figs, Artibel Dried Baked Figs coated in sugar, and more.