Nature’s Jam: Figgy Peanut Butter Toast

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 7, 2009

I finally got the courage to slice open my FIG today!




More brain food, perhaps? ;)


Here are the nutritional stats for one small fresh fig:


They pack a lot of potassium in just one tiny lil guy!

I sliced it in half and scooped it out with a spoon. Although, I read that you can eat the skin too if that floats your boat.


I decided that fig would be great on toast with peanut butter, so I scooped it out and called it ‘Nature’s jam’.


This was very exciting.


It tasted really good. The ‘fig jam’ was light tasting, not too sweet, and had a slight crunch from the seeds. It was basically heaven in my mouth! Since I only had 1 fig, I just used that one, but next time I would probably use two on toast because I found myself wanting more of it and less of the peanut butter (if you can believe it).

So there you have it- my first experience with a fresh fig! I will certainly be buying these lil guys more often. :)

Today’s question:  Do you eat any ‘unusual’ or exotic fruits or vegetables? What are they?

I used to work in a produce shop for my first job when I was 14 years old. I worked there for about 3 years and tried many different fruits and vegetables during that time. The one I loved the most was the ‘Ugli’ fruit. They are just SO delicious. I highly suggest trying one when you get a chance!


I have a full day of baking cookies ahead of me. I also need to squeeze in a house clean, menu planning for Eric’s birthday, and grocery shopping.

Happy Friday! :D


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Ella August 7, 2009 at 8:13 am

“Dragon Fruit” . It’s pretty silly looking, but it’s really delicious.
Sort of like a melon, with a kiwi’s appearance and texture, but a sweeter taste.


Maria August 7, 2009 at 8:16 am

Ah, some of my fondest memories of childhood in Greece revolve around figs. In the tiny island village where we would spend summers, my grandpa and I would spend siesta traveling from fig tree to fig tree, plucking them from the branches. They’re nothing like the ones we find here, imported usually from California: these are sticky, syrupy-sweet, their thin skins barely able to contain the heavy fruit. We’d rip them open and pour their contents over thick plain yogurt. Heaven.


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 7, 2009 at 8:18 am

I just tried a fig for the first time on Wednesday and wrote about it. I didn’t really like the texture, but loved the flavor. Maybe if I’d tried it as a jelly, the texture wouldn’t have bothered me?


Amanda @ Panda Lunch August 7, 2009 at 8:18 am

That looks absolutely delicious! I have to try it!!

I haven’t tried any new foods, but I did cook eggplant for the first time yesterday, I’ve only ever had it at restaurants. I sliced it up and made mini pizzas out of it, I was nervous, but they turned out great!

You can see them along with my new favorite green monster recipe here!


Taylor August 7, 2009 at 8:21 am

I have never tried a fresh fig before either, I think I might like it though! I like laichee!


Madelin @ What is for breakfast? August 7, 2009 at 8:21 am

That is so great that you’ve tried figs now! I pretty much grew up with these in Australia. We had a tree at our house and they grew all around the area I lived in, lots of different varieties. Unfortunately, no fig tree anymore and they are really expensive now in the supermarkets in my city so I don’t eat them much but they are heaven! There are lots of amazing desserts you can make with them too. Plus they go really well with honey!


Claire August 7, 2009 at 8:29 am

That is such a great idea.It looks so tasty that I may have to try it today.Thank you!!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? August 7, 2009 at 8:31 am

YUM! i love figs of all sorts, and eat dried ones all the time. Good fresh ones are few and far between. Exotic fruits? I’m a huge fan of the guava and persimmon… but rarely buy them because I don’t know how to cut them up!


Rosey Rebecca August 7, 2009 at 8:33 am

What a good idea! I’ve never tried figs. I do have the brown sugar & fig body lotion from bath and body works and it smells amazing!! I know that’s not the same thing at all! haha

I love pomegranates :-)


Sarah August 7, 2009 at 8:33 am

I cannot remember the name for the life of me, but when I was in Nicaragua last year, we tried this fruit that some people referred to as “slime balls” which were basically like grapes, only you had to crack open the shell, put the fruit in your mouth until it dissolved and then spit out the pit. It was really good, especially when you are hot and dehydrated :)


Tammy (Defining Wellness) August 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

Thanks for reporting on figs. I’d love to try them — dates, too!


Pam at Highway to Health August 7, 2009 at 8:56 am

I think figs intimidated me until I saw this post! Maybe I’ll pick one up this weekend…


Anne P August 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

i love figs! you should try eating the whole thing (minus the little stem) next time, it’s really good!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous August 7, 2009 at 9:02 am

Looks yummy! Enjoy your busy day.


brandi August 7, 2009 at 9:23 am

great idea using it like jam!

i love star fruit, but I can rarely find it.


Rebecca August 7, 2009 at 9:59 am

You’re not supposed to scoop it out – you’re supposed to eat the whole fig.


Cait (Cait's Plate) August 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

This is awesome! I never would have thought to scoop it out and spread it on bread but that’s such a good idea!! When I was in Atlanta I tried a lychee fruit. It was…interesting. Haha. But good! I’m usually so boring with my fruit (apples, oranges, strawberries..) so it was good for me to step out of my bubble :)


Mellissa August 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

I love trying new fruit and veggies- I am huge fan of Jicama, Kohlrabi, Star Fruit and any new of the smaller melons out there.


Jessica August 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

Glad you like the figs – they are delish! My Papa has a fig tree in his back yard and I pick ’em and pop ’em all of the time! The skin is good to : )


Alex August 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

When I lived in Ecuador I became obsessed with these ugly little guys called “grenadillas”. They have a shell that’s a cross between an orange peel and an egg shell, and an inside that is grey and lumpy, but MAN ARE THEY DELISH!!


Rose August 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

That toast looks SO GOOD. I love that flavor combo.


The Running Yogini August 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

I totally agree about the ugly fruit! My dad always brought home “weird” fruit for me to try :-) It is awesome!


Sally August 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

I love figs! They’re in season right now so I have been treating myself to a basket (or several) each week at the farmer’s market. I also like dried figs, especially stuffed with a walnut or a piece of dark chocolate. Yum!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

I’ve never actually tried a fig before, but it sure sounds good! It would be fun to mix that in oatmeal or greek yogurt too… YUMMY! :)

I always like trying new produce, but I don’t know that I eat any that’s too unique on a regular basis. I’ve tried red bananas, artichoke, and yellow carrots though!



Shelly August 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

I love figs! I’m from the Southern U.S. so they grow down here. They’re actually still hard to come by in the store (I think they have a very short season) but my grandmother had a HUGE fig tree in her back yard when I was growing up. I love them so much (and they make awesome preserves), but a word to the wise- if you eat too many your mouth will start to burn. I’ve learned this the hard way.


Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) August 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

dragonfruit is so delicious! I’ll be going to Hong Kong soon to visit my family and am so excited for all their exotic fruits. What I HATE though is that big yellow stinky thing. Durien, I think it’s called? I can’t remember but it smells like crap, and though I heard that they actually taste delicious, I could not for the life of god stand the texture of taste of that thing. Kind of reminded me of really disgusting chicken flavored bread pudding. Plus they are super expensive and I don’t understand why.


Angela August 7, 2009 at 11:04 am

My exotic fruit list:
Lychees (multiple varieties)
Over 6 varieties of mangoes :D
Dragonfruit (white and magenta inside)

And I hope to keep adding!! :) I loveee fruit hunting


kay (eating machine) August 7, 2009 at 11:39 am

I LOVED figs when I was little because one time my uncle told me how every time he ate them he thought of summers in Greece. It made them seem exotic, and worked will with my overactive kid imagination.


Susan August 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

I LOVE dried figs, I must go on a quest for fresh ones!!! I always spread it on toast with PB or cream cheese too. And I had no idea they were so high in potassium! No wonder a dried fig makes a great pre-run snack :)

My favourite “exotic” fruit is guava. I wish so much that the Superstore here carried them. I would pay the ridiculous price for them!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

Mmm looks good! The two new-to-me fruits I’ve given a try this year are mangos. I never used to buy them unless they were already chopped up. I looove them now!


Biz August 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

I’ve never tried a fresh fig before – I need to try that!

When my daughter was little, each week we would pick up something we didn’t know and try it – Hannah still remembers getting the coconut – it probably took us 30 minutes to finally open it up and we both gagged on the coconut milk!


britt August 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

my grandparents used to live right next door when i was a little girl and i would always go to their house and pick the figs off of their tree. i would eat them straight off the tree but using them as jam sounds wonderful!

hope you have a great day :)


Barbara August 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I cannot believe you have never had a fig before. They’re my favorite summer fruit! It’s nice to hear that you liked it because figs are a bit unpredictable and you can never know if it’s going to be good or not (when buying I mean). Over here figs are often eaten with honey and yogurt or ricotta (I know you don’t eat dairy though).


Jessica August 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

ooo maybe I’ll have to get some of these little gems!


K8 August 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

oooo. Fresh figs are great when they are around. The season is pretty short if you are not in an area the is line with fig trees :)

Try them on salad or with a savory pairing. It is awesome. Think sweet figs with balsamic or a bit of fig with a tamari almond.


Beth @ CrossBorderCravings August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

After reading a food-pornish description of fresh figs I was dying to give them a shot! The ones I bought however were mushy and gross :O(. I’m not giving up though – I plan to buy some more soon! Yours looks delish so I just need to find one like that!


jojo August 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Love figs also, we’re very lucky to have a fig tree in our backyard. My favourite fruit however is the feijoa mmmmm


Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

figs are my favorite fruit! i eat em like grapes!!!


Jess August 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I love figs. I eat them whole typically, but I like your idea of just using the insides as “jam”…I’m not your typical fruit eater (ie not the biggest fan of oranges, apples, even banannas-although I do go on kicks of eating them, I guess my body’s way of getting the nutrients it needs, when I start “craving” them) but I ADORE mango and starfruits. I also eat a lot of kiwifruits for their potassium delivery…oh and how yummy they are! haha :D


Gloria August 8, 2009 at 1:43 am

I love exotic fruits. Growing up in Asia, I definitely got
the share of it
soursop,cherimoya, jack fruit, star fruit, durian
lychee, guava, mangosteen, Rambutan,Kumquats,Longans
Dragonfruit, snake skin fruit, Syzygium samarangense ( I can’t find its english name but it’s really delicious),loquat
and also the more commonly found exotic fruits
but most of them are only available in asia and
if they do ship here they are super expensive


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