October 2016 Fig Focus

Baking, Pumpkins, California Figs and Halloween Fun Usher in cool fall weather with a batch of savory California Fig, cheese and herb muffins. Best served warm, while the cheese is creamy, and the figs are soft and chewy. These muffins will elevate a simple salad or soup meal into a special occasion. You can also serve them for brunch with … Read More

September 2016 Fig Focus

A Fall Full of California Fig and Grain Bowls It’s no surprise grain bowls are so popular. They’re brimming with appetizing colors, flavors and textures, and a combination of raw, cooked, saucy and pungent ingredients. If you have pre-cooked grains and some leftover chicken or other protein on hand, they’re quick to assemble. This recipe is inspired by Italian flavors. … Read More

August 2016 Fig Focus

A Refreshing Taste for Summer Recently we’ve seen one of summer’s favorite fruits, watermelon, featured in savory-sweet preparations with a Mediterranean spin. Juicy, sweet watermelon is as refreshing as fruit gets and pungent feta cheese and slightly bitter arugula balance its juicy sweetness. We’ve dialed up the flavor experience with a dressing of balsamic-steeped California Figs and red onion, echoing … Read More

July 2016 Fig Focus

Summer Cooking with California Figs Here’s a recipe you’ll want to make all summer long. It’s perfect for those lazy days when you want a special dessert but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.  Diced California Figs, coated in a cinnamon sugar mix, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are scattered over a cake-like batter that rises up around the … Read More

June 2016 Fig Focus

Happy Father’s Day Try Soft Tacos with Chicken, Black Beans and California Figs for a crowd-pleasing Father’s Day dinner or anytime.  Set out an array of fun, colorful toppings and let diners build their own tacos. Use a traditional chili powder or, for more complex flavor, use some ancho, New Mexico or chipotle chili powder that may be found with … Read More

May 2016 Fig Focus

A Treat for Mother’s Day Blintzes with a lemony fig and cheese filling are our suggestion to make Mother’s Day brunch or dessert special.   What’s a blintz? A thin crepe-like pancake, rolled around a tasty filling and sautéed or baked to serve. The pancake recipe makes a few more than you need so you can practice crepe-making skills.  (Imperfect or broken … Read More

April 2016 Fig Focus

Celebrate the Greens of Spring Celebrate the greens of spring with Emerald Salad – full of flavors and textures. The salad combines a tangle of thinly sliced kale and Swiss chard, sweet and chewy California Figs, crunchy snap peas and radishes. Add a shower of picante cheese and toasted pecans before serving. Radish strips are crispiest when added just before … Read More

March 2016 Fig Focus

Fabulous Fig Recipe Series Lamb is a must-have for Easter dinner in many homes. To honor the tradition we suggest a grilled or broiled boneless leg of lamb, marinated with rosemary and garlic, and served with a fig, olive and fennel vinaigrette. The recipe is easy to execute. The ingredient list is shorter than it looks as the marinade and … Read More

February 2016 Fig Focus

Fabulous Fig Recipe Series  Figs and chocolate are perfect partners to honor Valentine’s Day in a French dessert, Chocolate Pot de Crème with Fig-Almond Topping. Since February is National Heart Month this recipe was created with good health in mind. This lightened version trims fat and calories without compromising the rich chocolate flavor and silky texture that makes Chocolate Pot … Read More

January 2016 Fig Focus

New! FABULOUS FIG Recipe Series–Curry-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Figs & Vegetables Cold winter days call for comfort food and, after the busy baking holidays, spending less time in the kitchen.  Eating more healthfully is top-of-mind, too. Our new recipe delivers on all counts. Turn on the oven and warm your kitchen and your soul with an oven-roasted meal cooked on … Read More

December 2015 Fig Focus

New! FABULOUS FIG Recipe Series–Fillo Wrapped Fig Fruitcake This Mediterranean inspired recipe redefines fruitcake. A lightly spiced mix of figs, apricots and dates is studded with pistachios and wrapped in irresistibly flaky fillo dough. A good choice for holiday desserts, buffets and even brunch, it serves a crowd and can be made at least a day before serving. Wrap it … Read More

November 2015 Fig Focus

New! FABULOUS FIG Recipe Series–Rustic Grain, Fig & Walnut Rolls There’s nothing like warm, freshly baked rolls at a holiday table or anytime.  Here’s a recipe for a rustic, grain, fig and walnut roll that requires no kneading. The first rise takes place in the refrigerator where you can keep the dough for up to 48 hours before baking. To … Read More

October 2015 Fig Focus

New! FABULOUS FIG Recipe Series Each month we will be featuring a NEW Fabulous Fig recipe created exclusively for Valley Fig Growers by Lorelle Del Matto, nutrition and culinary professional. This month, we’ve heard all the buzz about pumpkin, and just in time for all the Halloween parties, is Pumpkin Hummus with Fig-Olive Gremolata Pumpkin Hummus with Fig-Olive Gremolata Ready … Read More

August 2015 Fig Focus

It’s Back to School Time As the summer winds down, thoughts turn back to school. Fig Nut Bars make a great after school snack and tasty addition to lunch boxes–easy, flavorful, and packed with fiber. Fig Nut Bars   The dough may look dry at first, but it will come together as it is mixed.Makes 12 servings 1
 cup packed (7 … Read More

July 2015 Fig Focus

Keep Cool with Sensational Summer Salads Chopped Salad with Figs, Bacon and Smoked Turkey When buying the turkey for this salad, ask the deli to slice it into a 1/2-inch thick slab so that you can easily cut it into 1/2-inch pieces. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 8 slices bacon, chopped 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2
 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 … Read More