Are Figs Vegan?

This broccoli fig tofu oyster sauce stir fry is truly a healthy stir fry dish sweetened with dried figs. The perfect salty and sweet dinner recipe!

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.

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. 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

This broccoli fig tofu oyster sauce stir fry is truly a healthy stir fry dish sweetened with dried figs. The perfect salty and sweet dinner recipe!

Quinoa Salad with Mint, Citrus & Figs

Next time you need a potluck or picnic dish, make Chef Joanne Weir's quinoa salad with dried figs, tossed in red wine vinegar dressing and mixed with oranges, ginger, and mint.

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine – Inspired Stew

Warm up with vegetable tagine served over quinoa. Inspired by Moroccan vegetable tagine, this vegetarian dish is great with couscous too.

Vegan Chiles en Nogada

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Creamy nut sauce + pomegranate top this vegan chile en nogada recipe filled with figs, nuts + fruits.

Warm Lentil Salad with Balsamic Figs & Beets

Salad with beets and goat cheese is a classic. Our warm lentil salad with roasted beets and plump agro-dolce figs is a meatless meal to love.

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower with Curry, Golden Figs & Almonds

Cannellini Bean, Red Pepper & Fig Salad

Salad with cannellini beans is a plant-based meal for picnics. Make a bowl of cannellini bean salad with red peppers and figs for your next outdoor meal.

Wild Rice Dressing

For the holidays, include Thanksgiving sides for diabetics. Feast on side dishes for diabetics like savory fig + wild rice dressing.

Jeweled Cauliflower Rice with Figs & Pomegranates

Vegetarian Chopped Salad with Dried Figs & Avocado

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 is a perfect winter side dish. Acorn squash recipes are hearty and filling—just spoon on rosemary dried fig compote for something special.

Cauliflower, Figs & Grated Carrot in Chermoula Sauce

This zippy cauliflower salad with grated carrot and figs is tossed in chermoula sauce. It's the kind of salad perfect for cook-outs and picnics.

Garlicky Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Figs & Pine Nuts

Sauteed broccoli makes a tasty quick side dish. Tossed with figs and topped with pine nuts, garlicky broccoli rabe is a great way to eat more greens.

Caramelized Onions & Fennels with Figs

More Savory Recipes with Vegan Figs
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Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onions + Figs

Vegan Desserts with Figs
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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Fig Caramel

Vegan chocolate cupcakes filled with fig caramel and vegan frosting are not just for special occasions. The vegan caramel is an amazing cupcake filling.

No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake with Figs & Berries

Vegan Fudgesicles

Vegan Fudgesicles: Making Popsicles from Smoothies is a healthy indulgence you can feel good about eating.

Fudgy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Chocolate bliss balls are a snack that won't wreck your afternoon. Have you tried dried fig bliss balls? These healthy bliss balls satisfy your sweet tooth.

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