They might seem a little exotic, but you can do all sorts with them.
Dusky purple and rarely seen off the cheeseboard, figs have a certain regalness to them.
Whether you’re already a paid up member of the fig appreciation society, or new to the Asian fruit with its curves and ruby flesh, they’re in season – so get eating.
Here are a few ideas for what to do with them (and not a figgy pudding in sight)…
1. Pop them in with your morning cereal or yoghurt – they’re slightly more exciting than having blueberries, again
2. Make fig jam – and then spread it on everything
3. If you like fig jam, you’ll love a spiced fig chutney
4. Bake them into an upside down cake – it just looks so pretty, and makes a change from pineapple
5. Roast them alongside a couple of duck legs – lamb would work too we reckon
6. Try fig ice cream – it’s subtle, but quite lovely
7. Use them to flavour panna cotta – and fig slices look so elegant strewn on top
8. The classic choice: Eat them with loads and loads (and loads) of goat’s cheese
9. Serve with rocket and parma ham as a starter, or a mid-afternoon snack, or just lunch every day until they’re no longer in season
10. Do homemade fig rolls, if you can muster the patience…
11. Pile them onto a tart – cheesecake base optional, but very much advised