Swoon ... it's hard not to at the first glimpse of the season's figs. If you've never eaten fresh figs, make this the summer to do so. (Sorry, fig newtons.) This fruit somewhat remains an unsung hero – one often has to hunt around the produce area to find them. But both impressive and luxurious, they’re worth seeking out for both sweet and savory recipes.
Fresh fig season starts around mid-May and continues through late fall, with varieties like black mission, brown turkey, calimyrna, kadota and sierras. And while we do our best to source things locally, know that 98 percent of fresh figs come from California, and 100 percent of dried.