If luxuriating in summer's last days over a plate of prosciutto piled with juicy fresh figs is your idea of high living, we're with you. But so many dishes benefit from the fruit's singular sweetness and trademark texture that we often look beyond this classic combo. Here are our favorite ways to be creative with figs.
Dried Versus Fresh
Winy, chewy dried figs are delicious but taste very different than the fresh fruit, which has a luscious, juicy texture and brighter flavor. Take this into account before simply substituting one for the other.
How to Spot a Ripe Fig
Choose unblemished figs that give slightly when pressed but are not mushy.
Ripe figs are very delicate and highly perishable. Store them in the refrigerator in a shallow Tupperware bottom lined with paper towels and loosely covered with plastic wrap for no more than three days.
Salads and Starters
Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Peppered Honey
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