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Green figs
I have just found your wonderful site and wonder if you could help me. I live in Dunedin and our property has a huge fig tree that produces an enormous amount of fruit which of course never ripen. What can I do with the green fruit, if anything?
Wendy Middlemiss

Sorry, Wendy, we have been unable to find any uses for green figs - other than feeding your compost!

If anybody else has any green fig solutions, please

Reader Feedback:

Unrippened green figs are great for clearing up warts. You cut the stem off and squeeze the juice (which is white, or cloudy in color) put it on the wart. Put a bandaid on it. It will burn like fire but will remove the wart in less than 24 hours.

On the other hand there are Ripe Green Figs:

Here is a picture.

And here is a recipe provided by a reader:


This is a recipe I found somewhere on the web.  I believe it is a Caribbean


1 kg. Green figs (bananas)
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheese
2 eggs


Boil and peel the green figs. Mash.
Heat milk, add seasonings.
Beat eggs.
Add milk and seasonings to green figs and then add beaten eggs.
Mix together. Add cheese.
Put into greased baking dish and add some more grated cheese on the top.
Bake for thirty minutes at 350 degrees F.
Serve immediately.


I have found that the milk from a green fig is great for poison ivy or poison oak. The folks living in the south are probably quite familiary with these seasonal tormentors. Just apply the milk to a sight of blisters or irritation and it will feel better immediately and begin to clear up within hours.
                                     Melanie Mooney   
                                     Lufkin, Texas


Am I missing something here? I don't understand why the author's green figs never ripen. As another respondent has indicated, the figs turn greenish yellow & the end opens slightly, before they drop from the tree. At this point they should be sweet & delicious to eat.
Superb green fig preserve can be made from rock hard unripened figs and equally tasty fig jam from those which have started to soften.
I would be happy to provide a recipe if anyone is interested.

Another reader's Ripened Green Fig recipe:

This is a nice recipe for ripened green figs, especially for entertaining.
Remove small stem from end of fig. 
Slice horizontally in half
Wrap around edge in slice of thin cut bacon and secure with toothpick(s)
Press goat cheese into centre of fig
Broil until bacon almost done
Top with half a pecan in centre and return to broiler until nut is heated through.



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