One of my favorite times of the year is when figs start showing up in the grocery store. I had Fig Newton cookies when I was a kid, but I was in my late 20s, I guess, before I ate an actual fresh fig.
I’ve never used them in cooking, except for a fig dressing I had to make at the restaurant once. I just eat them as is.
Fig preserves are also very good on a ham or turkey sandwich, too.
Here is a little history of the fig I found on a website. By the way, the fig is not really a fruit. It is a flower that is picked before it has opened.
The Sensuous Fig, by Margaret E. Walker
The fig tree is the symbol of abundance, of fertility, of sweetness. Anyone who has had a fig tree knows that it appeals to the birds. Garden stores sell netting to protect the tree, but the fig tree is so abundant with the fruits it offers that there is no reason to NOT share with the birds.
People in temperate climates plant fig trees. Many in colder climates have been known to bring the tree indoors during the winter dormant season, its roots wrapped in burlap. We love this tree.
Read more here
History of the Fig
A history of the Fig Newton.
(Does anyone even eat these anymore?)
Fig Trees and Archaeology: The History of the Domestication of Fig ...