Fresh figs have a short season, from August through early October, but since the ripe fruit is so delicate, they don't transport well. Instead, figs are commonly available dried or in jams. They're wonderful in sweet and savory dishes, and we love to eat the fresh fruit in salads, dried figs in soft biscotti and fig jam in easy flatbreads. If you're looking for the ultimate fig dessert, try this classic Tuscan tart made with chestnut honey and rosemary sprigs. It's an unusual mix of sweet and savory, and is the perfect way to show off late summer figs. Whether you're looking for an unusual cocktail or a fruity dessert, F&W's guide to figs has these recipes and more.

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Fig and Caramel Nut Tart

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Rich, barely bitter caramel, deeply toasted nuts, and chewy figs combine in a buttery crust for a dessert designed for pairing with Madeira. A pinch of flaky sea salt makes it the perfect end to a long lunch.

Fresh Figs with Ibérico Ham and Goat Cheese

These addictive fig bites from Fat Rice chef Abraham Conlon are very simple, so it's crucial to use the best ingredients, from true Spanish ham to ripe, juicy figs, crunchy marcona almonds and best-quality olive oil.Slideshow: Fig Recipes

Fresh Fig Clafoutis

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The French dessert clafoutis is usually made with cherries, but Besh’s batter can be used as a base for any fruit in season. “The fruit caramelizes as it bakes and becomes absolutely delectable.” Slideshow: More Pie and Tart RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 

Caramelized Figs with Pistachios and Vanilla Ice Cream

Star chef Kristen Kish caramelizes juicy, plump purple figs with honey to make them even juicier and more delicious. Slideshow: More Fig Recipes 

Our 31 Best Fig Recipes

The beautiful thing about figs is that they can play sweet or savory. In this roundup, we’re shouting out all of our favorite dishes, from fig-and-rosemary focaccia with pecorino to a gorgeous fig and raspberry tart flavored with chestnut honey. With over 30 to choose from, you really can’t go wrong—the hardest part will be picking which one to make first.

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Honeyed Fig Crostatas

Forget the figgy pudding; for your holiday bash this year make these party-perfect fig crostatas and your guests will surely think the world a merry and bright place. More Fruit Desserts More Fig Recipes

Fig-and-Almond Bread Stuffing with Fennel

This stuffing is slightly sweet and fragrant, with plenty of herbs. There's no meat in it, so it's a little bit lighter and fresher-tasting than stuffings made with sausage. Slideshow: More Holiday Stuffings and Dressings Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide