Are Figs Vegan?

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With a New Year comes a new start and for many that means trying to eat healthier. Some even call January, Veganuary, a month dedicated to eating more vegetables, fruits, and plant-based foods, but are figs vegan? Read on to find out more about vegan figs.

If you’ve done a search online you may think you know the answer, but the answer may surprise you. Of the reported1,600 varieties of figs that exist throughout the world, only one in the United States is pollinated by the blastophaga wasp: Calimyrna Figs. These delicious figs account for less than 2% of all figs grown in California. Similar to how bees pollinate flowers, the blastophaga wasp lands on the Calimyrna fig, pollinates it, and flies away. Calimyrna Figs are at the heart of the legion of articles saying figs aren’t vegan. One fig variety in the U.S. out of hundreds. Every variety except for this one self-pollinates.

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More about Vegan Figs

Our Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Dried Figs sun-ripen on the branch until harvest-ripe and are available in two kinds of vegan figs. Golden Figs are a combination of Tena and Sierra varieties with a delicately sweet, nutty, and tangy taste. Our black Mission Figs are earthy and jammy, with a flavor reminiscent of your favorite nostalgic childhood cookie.

Both pack an incredible amount of health benefits in them including calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, and protein to name a few. They can also help support bone care, brain health, and an anti-inflammation diet too.

Can I Cook Plant-Based with Figs

You will love the versatility of using dried figs in plant-based cooking to add subtle sweetness, nutrition, and texture. Find ideas for how to use figs in plant-based cooking (and ideas for baking too) below.

Broccoli Fig Tofu Oyster Sauce Stir Fry

broccoli tofu stir fry

Quinoa Salad with Mint, Citrus & Figs

Fig Quinoa Salad & Red Wine Vinegar Dressing

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine – Inspired Stew

vegetarian tagine with quinoa

Vegan Chiles en Nogada

Chile en Nogada Recipe with Figs

Warm Lentil Salad with Balsamic Figs & Beets

Warm Lentil Salad with Beets + Balsamic Figs

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower with Curry, Golden Figs & Almonds

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower with Curry, Golden Figs & Almonds

Cannellini Bean, Red Pepper & Fig Salad

cannellini bean salad with red bell pepper and figs

Wild Rice Dressing

Wild Rice Fig Dressing for Diabetics

Jeweled Cauliflower Rice with Figs & Pomegranates

Jeweled Cauliflower Rice with Figs
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Vegetarian Chopped Salad with Dried Figs & Avocado

cabbage chopped salad with dried figs
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Pistachio Fig Cous Cous

Couscous recipes are the kind of last minute side dish you can cook up in a flash. Hang onto this pistachio fig cous cous recipe for an alternative to rice.

Quick-Roasted Acorn Squash with Rosemary Fig Compote

Roast Acorn Squash + Rosemary Dried Fig Compote

Cauliflower, Figs & Grated Carrot in Chermoula Sauce

cauliflower chermoula

Garlicky Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Figs & Pine Nuts

Garlicky Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Dried Figs and Pine Nuts

Caramelized Onions & Fennels with Figs

caramelized fennel red onion and figs

More Savory Recipes with Vegan Figs

Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onions + Figs

Vegan Desserts with Figs

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Fig Caramel

Fig Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Frosting

No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake with Figs & Berries

No Bake Vegan Cheesecake with Fig Crust

Vegan Fudgesicles

Vegan Fudgesicle: Making Popsicles with Figs

Fudgy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Fudgy Chocolate Dried Fig Bliss Balls

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