How do you eat a fig?

Since ripe figs are mainly consumed fresh, only the dried fruits are usually available in this country. You can find out how to eat them here.


Figs are among the oldest fruits in the world and there is a reason for that. (Photo by: © PhotoSG /

Ripe figs are mostly eaten fresh. They are harvested by hand before they are fully ripe and are optimally ripe on the market.

Because the fig likes it warm, it does not grow with us and we mainly import from the Mediterranean, Brazil and the USA.

Fresh figs ferment easily and are therefore not exportable. So that the figs can be transported to other countries, they are harvested fully ripe in the producing countries and then dried . For this reason, mostly only the dried figs are available from us.

Info: Fresh figs were very popular in ancient times and are now considered a real superfood.

That's how you eat figs

The dried fig is mainly consumed as fruit and therefore mostly eaten raw:

  • To do this, remove the dry style of the middle of the fig and enjoy the pulp with skin.
  • The seeds contained in the fig (= digestive effect) can also be eaten.

Due to the high sugar content, the dried fig is always very sweet, which diabetics have to consider.

Info: 100 grams have around 60 kilocalories, are rich in vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron and contain digestive enzymes and satiating fiber.

Use in the kitchen

  • The fig is very suitable for use in fruit salads together with other exotic fruits.
  • It can be used to prepare all kinds of desserts such as desserts, creams, ice cream, fruit sorbet, yoghurt or fruit puree.
  • Figs also taste good in warm, hearty dishes.
  • The use in alcoholic mixed drinks is not common because the many kernels would interfere.
  • The preparation of jam, jelly or jam from the fig is not common. However, if you remove the skin from the pulp, which is only possible by spooning out the pulp, it can be used for mixed fruit drinks.

Our recipe recommendations:

  • FIG jam
  • Bacon figs with sheep cheese on a salad
  • Fig ice cream
  • Fig cream
  • Pickled figs
  • Fig chutney
  • Figs - risotto

Info: In contrast to many other exotic fruits, the fig is hardly used for decorative purposes. Their shriveled exterior does not tempt them to be used as a decoration on the cold buffet or on cold platters.

It is also not suitable as a side dish for meat or fish dishes. In some of the producing countries, the figs are also roasted and then referred to as fig coffee.