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California Figs


Varieties of Figs

Brown Turkey Figs – The fruit is medium to large in size, and sports a reddish-brown skin tinted with a deep purple hue. The meat of the fruit is a deep pinkish-red.

Green Mission Figs – Green figs are generally larger and plumper than black figs. When ripe, the figs will be pale lime green.

Black Mission Figs – Are very rich in color and known for their deep purple color which turns black as they are dried.

How to Select Figs

Select figs that are clean and dry, with smooth, unbroken skin. The fruit should be soft and yielding to the touch, but not mushy.

How to Store Figs

Keep figs in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Use within two days.

Nutrients Found in Figs

Fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, good source of dietary fiber and potassium.

Spicy California Fig and Tomato Salsa

Servings: 4 to 6    Preparation Time: 10 Min


  • 1 package (10 oz.) grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • 1 serrano chile, chopped (use only ½ for less heat)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 fresh figs of your choice, stems removed and finely chopped
  • ¼ fine sea salt


  1. Combine the grape tomatoes, onion, serrano chile, cilantro, and lime juice in a blender. Pulse and blend to produce a chunky-salsa like texture. If the salsa does not blend, add a little water to start the process.
  2. Transfer the puree to a bowl. Stir in the finely chopped figs and the salt. Serve.
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