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Why I Love of Figs and an Easy Dessert Recipe

Before I moved to France,  I had never seen a fresh fig. The only figs I knew were in that classic American cookie – Fig Newtons. Although, admittedly, it’s a pretty good choice in the grocery store cookie aisle.

Discovering Figs

When I moved to the south of France with Eric, we lived among olive trees, grape vines, and plenty of fig trees. I discovered green figs for the first time, which I prefer to black figs as they are a bit less syrupy and sweet. I loved being able to wander off and return with a bag full of goodness. Now, I love fresh figs, cooked figs, fig jam, and this roasted fig and honey recipe.

Why I Love of Figs and an Easy Dessert Recipe

Facts About Figs

  1.  Figs are not fruit! What figs are is a bunch of flowers inverted inside a pod (the black or the green one). The many tiny flowers are what produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture.
  2. This whole flower inside business makes reproduction a bit challenging because, as I know you know, cross-pollination requires flowers normally on the outside for a plant to reproduce. However, the fig is doing something right because fossils of fig trees have been discovered dating back to 9400 BC! Our wonderful fig tree has two options, one is a human intervention which is how most of the fig production in Spain occurs, and the other is thanks to a particular species of a wasp that passes through that tiny entrance that you see at the bottom of figs to get up in there and lay some eggs. When the little hatchlings exist, they take some pollen with them, and off they go to enter another fig, and cross-pollution has occurred. Nearly every species of the fig tree is pollinated by its own distinct species of fig wasp. Pretty incredible mother nature, no?  And don’t worry, whatever was left of that wasp is long gone by the time you eat the fig.
  3. Eating one-half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk
  4. The Spaniards introduced Mission Figs to the California territory in the early 16th century
  5. Figs stand out because they are one of the “fruits” with more sugar than most and also with more fibre. They are recommended for a healthy diet but also for slimming diets. Figs contain only 85 kilocalories for every 100 grams we eat; they are also rich in potassium and vitamin B6. So have at it!

Here in France and Spain, we are in fig season through October, and I hope you will enjoy the recipe for roasted figs below. Sign up for our newsletter for more information on seasonal produce in France and Spain, along with recipes and culinary tips.

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Love Figs Easy Recipe

Roasted Figs with Honey

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The best part about fig season? Figs, of course! Enjoy these roasted figs with yogurt or a delicious bowl of ice cream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 8 people


  • 18 Figs
  • 3 Tbsp Liquid Honey
  • 1 Lemon or Lime Zest


  • Cut the figs in half and place them on a baking tray
  • Warm the honey, zest the lemon into it, and drizzle the warm honey over the figs.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 150ºC (300ºF).
  • Serve with ice cream and a few buttery cookies. Also a nice addition to your plain yogurt.
Keyword Figs, Honey
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Cheese Plate with Fresh Figs
Almond and Fig Cake
This cake is quick to prepare. It is a sweet treat that is perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea or just as lovely with some wine. Delicious, and even better still, enjoyed with friends and a glass of wine
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Almond and Fig Cake Recipe
Fig and Buttermilk Custard Tart 
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This is a delicious tart, easy to make a perfect way to use up those figs that your guests brought to your dinner party.
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