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
Rating: Unrated 2
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.
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.
Honeyed Fig Crostatas
Rating: Unrated 2021
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