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Today I was able to buy some dried Shiraz Figs (other names for them are simply Wild Figs or Persian Figs), looking like this:

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Having heard great things about them I was very happy to try them, but to me they taste like a 'genereic' dried fruit, but maybe that's just because I don't know how to treat them right.

  • Is the whole fruit eaten, or only the dried pulp?
  • Is it common to soak them in water over night before eating?
  • Are there any good ways to extract their flavor, especially for use in pastry?

Regarding the last question: Will it work to cook them with cream and let that infuse for a few hours like it is e.g. done with vanilla pods? I am asking because there are some similarities, although vanilla pods aren't exactly dried fruits.

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Actually, vanilla pods are exactly dried (and fermented) fruits of the vanilla orchid. –  SAJ14SAJ Aug 1 '13 at 18:49
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Shiraz figs are figs grown in Shiraz, much like Florida oranges are oranges grown in Florida. You use the Shiraz figs, in this case dried ones, as you would any other fig.

You can either eat the whole fruit, or peel them should you choose (that may be difficult with dried figs, but easier after reconstituting them.)

According to Health Food Made Easy:

Since it’s sometimes difficult to find fresh figs, dried figs are a good option. They can be eaten as is for a sweet treat.

Dried figs can also be soaked to soften them, or cooked by themselves or with any other dried fruits. They are good stewed, and are usually sweet enough to require little or no sugar.

Soaking overnight will give them plenty of time to re-hydrate and plump up, should you choose to do so.


I have not heard of making homemade fig extract, or fig extract at all—but if you wish to try it, you would use essentially the same method used to make any homemade extract or liquer.

Cover the figs in vodka (or rum, but that brings the rum flavor), and allow to infuse in cool dark place for several weeks, shaking occassionally. This will be facilitated if you chop the figs prior to beginning the infusion.

You might also try making fig liquor, adding some sugar syrup to the infusion. You will find multiple recipes of you google; the linked one is only an example.

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