Figs are so much more than the sticky stuffing in those beloved Newtons. Here are some cool ways to enjoy this fruit when it's fresh, including some tips from a seasoned produce vendor at Pike Place Market in this short video.

Quartered and blasted in a blender with milk and frozen bananas, figs turn up the sweetness volume and add a rich mouth feel to that morning eye-opener. Like you're sipping a shake instead of something that's so good for you. (Figs are high in potassium, which has been proven to lower blood pressure.)

Black Mission figs whole and sliced open
Black Mission Figs. Photo by Meredith
| Credit: Meredith

2. Salads

Pair balsamic drizzled figs with pleasantly bitter greens like arugula and shaved Parm for a simple-to-make starter that tastes like it was whipped up in a restaurant kitchen.

Fig and Arugula Salad. Photo by LilSnoo
Photo by LilSnoo
| Credit: LilSnoo

3. Pizza or a Savory Tart

Who doesn't love that winning combo of salty and sweet? The classic combo plays out on this wonderful Prosciutto and Fig Pizza. Or, here's a bonus, try Watch it come together in the video below.

4. Cookies

These soft, sweet things are a departure from what most people think of when they hear figs and cookies mentioned in the same sentence. Fresh figs make them extra moist and chewy.

5. Cheese + Figs

Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese
Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese | Photo by Oksana Seaman

See our entire collection of fig recipes.