Fresh figs are hard to come by, at least in Canada.
If you’ve never had fresh figs, you are missing out big time!! Fresh figs have a unique sweet almost like honey taste, soft fleshy texture with slightly crunchy seeds. I handle my figs with a gentle touch, cupping them in the palm of my hands afraid of scratching their delicate skin. Fresh figs perish easily, lasting only a few days, although I ate so quickly it didn’t matter.
Dried figs are much more accessible and can be enjoyed all year around. But it’s the scarcity of fresh figs made them more appealing.
Figs are commonly seen in Mediterranean cuisine, but my memories of figs goes way back to my childhood. We had a fig/Ficus tree (Ficus carica) in our inner courtyard back in China. Ficus trees are uncommon in China, since the climate in Northern China isn’t optimal for fig growing. All I can remember is that Ficus tree wasn’t very tall, it had funny looking leaves, and it produced fruits without flowering (then I learnt that fig tree has flowers, just very hidden). I would stare at each little green fig and waiting impatiently for them to ripe. Pinch at them daily, or multiple times daily to check for ripeness, so I can pick them as soon as they are ready.
Since fresh figs are in peak season now, I took advantage and bought home 4lb of figs. I ate them fresh or sliced in my salad, or stuffed with cheese and wrapped with prosciutto/bacon. But my favorite has to be this honey-roasted fig with oatmeal. Roasting enhanced the sweetness of figs and concentrated the caramelized gooey goodness.
Roasted Fig Oatmeal
Serves: 3 portions
- 1 cup old fashion rolled oats
- 1 & 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup almond milk
- Pinch of salt
- 6 large figs cut in half
- Approximately 2 tablespoon honey
- Oatmeal toppings: cinnamon, hemp hearts and more honey
- Cook oatmeal according to package instructions. I cooked mine on stovetop by adding oats and salt to boiling water. Then add almond milk as the oats begin to thicken up. Use the residual heat to cook oats through.
- While cooking oatmeal, prepare the roasted figs. Place halved figs cut face up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drizzle with honey. Broil in the oven for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees F.
- Serve oatmeal immediately with piping hot roasted figs and your favorite oatmeal toppings and a nice cup of coffee! Morning is complete 😀