Fresh Black Mission Fig
I couldn't wait until I got home to try one, so I ate one at work and it was...alright. Not as sweet as I had imagined, and more gooey than chewy or crunchy (I love the seeds!) I was disappointed with another I ate at home, so I decided that maybe lightly cooking them would help.
I halved a few, lightly brushed them with olive oil, and cooked them in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes. They got juicier and softer, but the flavor didn't change much.
I think a deeper flavor would help me get over the weird texture. Not one to give up on a fruit I spent the whole later half of the summer thinking about, I tried one with chocolate chips, hoping they'd melt a bit into the still-warm fruit and the dark flavors would highlight each other.
I'm letting the rest of them cool for now and maybe I'll add them to some oatmeal or blend them with lemon juice and agave for a quick jam. There are also a few baked goods that I've noted over the years that use figs but I can't really think of any now.
How about you guys? Do you like fresh figs? Any recommended ways to make them palatable for someone who apparently doesn't?