5 Ingredients for You to Dig into California Fig Recipes

At this time of year, our orchards are abuzz with activity because fresh figs are coming into season. If you’ve never had a fresh fig that’s sun-warmed right off the branch, you’re missing out! But, we don’t mean to tease because when you taste one of our dried California figs, you’re getting all the sun-drenched flavor in figs that dry on the branch and later make it into your home. You could always eat the figs as is—they make a great snack and they make a healthy dessert too, but why stop there? At Valley Fig Growers, we love figs and they’re part of our everyday. Heck, we even dream about them and if you love figs, you can relate. So, we take great pride in bringing you fig recipes to inspire your next meal with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs. It doesn’t take much for figs to be the star in any dish, but we wanted to highlight some co-starring ingredients that naturally pair well with figs.

California Fig & Feta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is one of our favorite fig recipes.

Cheese

Blue cheese might be kind of funky on its own, but crumble it or slice it to serve with sweet, dark Mission figs and your mind will be blown. We love them as toppings on a Mediterranean pizza or probably the simplest way to bring these two together is in a blue cheese salad. In addition to blue cheese, we love the saltiness of feta and California figs together, especially in a salad dressed in lemon vinaigrette. Still, on the salad front, the tangy quality of baked goat cheese topping salad is well suited to the sweetness of figs.

Chopped Salad with Figs Bacon and Smoked Turkey is one of our favorite fig recipes for a main dish salad. The bacon and California dried figs make this salad extra special.

Salty Meats

If you believe bacon makes everything better, then you’ll love this chopped salad with chunks of dried California figs and crisp bacon bits or one of our favorite appetizers that is also easy to make, bacon-wrapped figs with a maple snakebite glaze. Thin sheets of prosciutto and figs are one of the most common pairings in Italy and beyond. We like crisping prosciutto to serve with fig spread on crostini or to serve as a light summer dish tossed with orzo, gorgonzola and figs.

Rice and Pasta Pilaf with Figs and Walnuts is one of our favorite side dish fig recipes with walnuts.

Nuts

Toasting nuts amplifies their flavor and adds a satisfying crunch to fig recipes. We’re partial to walnuts and like them tossed with figs in this pasta pilaf but you could also make a festive fig walnut tart for any celebration. Almonds also are a welcome addition whether folded into muffins studded with figs or a cauliflower with curry side dish. We also like macadamia nuts and figs in banana bread and pistachios with California figs on crostini.

Slow cooked whole carrots are one of our favorite side dish fig recipes to serve during the autumn.

Olives

Whether you opt for Kalamata olives, black, or green, you can find olives in fig recipes with a Mediterranean flair. You’ll like blitzing together an olive spread with figs and black olives for an easy appetizer or condiment on a sandwich. Make an easy side dish of whole carrots and top with a green olive fig relish for a different spin on eating your veggies. When it gets chilly outside, make a big pot of Mediterranean beef stew with figs, red wine, and olives for the ultimate comfort food.

Wheat Berry Salad is one of our favorite fig recipes to take to picnics.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are not just a great way to add a bit more fiber and nutrients into your diet, but also add a lot of texture and flavor. We love them in California fig recipes like this wheat berry salad or in a barley bow tie dish with figs, scented with lemon and thyme. The most popular of whole grains might possibly be steel-cut oats and they really shine when topped with honeyed figs.

What ingredient do you think is a natural with figs?

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Natural Products Expo West: Taste the Best Golden Figs & Mission Figs

Heading to Natural Products Expo West? Visit us in booth 687 to taste the best golden figs.

Traveling to Anaheim for this year’s Natural Products Expo West? Make a plan to visit Valley Fig Growers at booth 687 where we will be sampling our luscious Mission and Golden dried California Figs along with delicious fig spread and cheese pairings. Come taste the best golden figs and mission figs grown in the Central Valley of California, sold under the Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid brands.

Cook with California Figs

Bring your restaurant or recipe development into the know with California Figs. Our dark purple Mission Dried Figs offer deep sweetness that works with everything from salty prosciutto to tangy blue cheese. To start: try pairing them on pizzas or salads. Our Golden Dried Figs lend a more mellow sweetness and nuttiness that’s a wonderful addition in baked goods like cookies, blondies or upside down cake. They seriously are the best Golden Figs you will ever taste. And our fourth generation of California Fig Growers that are currently farming our cooperatives’ figs aren’t at all biased.

California Figs and Nutrition

Add nutrition deliciously into your meals with California Figs. Did you know our dried figs are a great source of fiber and provide potassium and calcium? Figs and nutrition go hand in hand. They also make a healthy snack or dessert eaten on their own. Or, try them chilled or frozen, blended in smoothies to add a bit of texture and a natural boost of fiber.

Find out why 2018 is the year of the fig. Whatever your reason, California Figs fit into your lifestyle. See you soon at Expo West!

Sweet February Sweepstakes

Blondies with California Figs

Cocoa, vanilla extract, and California Figs are a match made in heaven. We like them paired up in California Fig Babka, Fig Swirl Chocolate Buns, Chocolate Brie en Croute, and those little beauties from Rodelle Kitchen above: Cocoa Fig Jam Thumbprint Cookies. On Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you something sweet indeed! Taste the goodness of California sun in our California Figs, adding them to your favorite baking recipes made to be shared with family and friends. We’ve teamed up with our friends from Rodelle to bring you a Sweet February sweepstakes that will make your month sweet indeed. Enter by 02/28/18 to qualify!

Prizes:
Enter below for a chance to win the Rodelle Kitchen prize pack. One lucky entrant will receive:

  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) container Rodelle Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa
  • 2 jars (4 beans total) Rodelle Vanilla Beans
  • 1 (2-ounce) bottle Rodelle Pure Almond Extract

Enter in the widget below for the Rodelle prize pack by signing in with your Facebook account or email address.

And, double your chances of winning by visiting our giveaway over on Rodelle Kitchen for a chance to win the Valley Fig Growers prize pack below!

(Head to Rodelle Kitchen for the Valley Fig Growers prize pack.  Click here to enter).

Good luck in the Sweet February sweepstakes and tell your friends!

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