Figs are one of the world's oldest cultivated fruits.. They are native to the Middle East and Western Asia and part of the mulberry family. Figs are thin-skinned and soft with a sweet and juicy interior. The entire fruit is edible. They are excellent made into jams, pastes, and fresh as a topping. Black mission figs take their name from the Franciscan missionaries that first planted in California during the 18th century. Mission figs are sweeter, more moist, and fuller-flavored albeit smaller than other fig varieties.
Uses: Wash figs well before eating. Figs pair exceptionally well with cured meats, savory cheeses, honey, and balsamic vinegar.