Grow Your Own Figs

Grown in the U.S.

Brown Turkey Figs

Brown turkey figs look a lot like their black mission counterparts particularly since they are both grouped into the common fig family where the fruit does not require pollination to develop. The main difference between these two figs is that the brown turkey variety are not as sweet and will often have an uglier skin. The outer skin of these figs may look ugly, but it is not unhealthy or toxic. Some people prefer sweeter figs and will sprinkle sugar on brown turkey figs.

A Brown Turkey Fig Cut in HalfCredit: By Shadle (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

There are numerous brown turkey fig recipes that can be found online or in specialty cookbooks. Rich in calcium and fiber, the brown turkey figs are the most common type of fig that is grown in the United States. California is one of the world’s largest producers of brown turkey figs. If there is a fig tree in your yard then there is a good chance you have an abundance of brown turkey figs, and a cookbook can help you to learn all kinds of great recipes using this ancient and historical fruit.

Many eat the dehydrated version of this fruit. Dried figs can be a popular and healthy snack as long as there is not a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients added to them. The brown turkey figs are unique because they are rarely dried out to be eaten. Most of the brown turkey figs are eaten fresh. If you have never eaten a fresh fig then you are in for a treat.

Fruit and Leaves of the Common Fig (Ficus)Credit: By Jengod (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsMany people claim that they do not like figs; however many of these people have only eaten dried figs or Fig Newtons. The actual fresh fruit tastes nothing like Fig Newtons. Fresh figs also taste very different from dried figs. Each variety has a different taste. The brown turkey figs are not as sweet as other varieties such as the super sweet black mission figs. You may choose to sprinkle some sugar or dab some honey on the fruit. You may also simply enjoy fresh brown turkey figs in their natural state with nothing added to them.

Figs are great for making homemade jellies and jams. They can be mixed with other fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, and even pineapple to make a very tasty and unique jam. If you can your own homemade jams then experiment with mixing figs with other fruits and see which concoctions you and your family prefer the most. Producing your own homemade jellies and jams is a great way to get foods that are healthier while staying away from store bought jams that are loaded with sugars and artificial preservatives.

Some people love to eat fresh figs, but not brown turkey figs. They find that these figs are not sweet enough for their taste. Other people will prefer to eat brown turkey figs because they find that other figs such as the black mission figs are simply too sweet for their taste buds. If you have never eaten figs before or have only tried one variety then it is highly recommended that you experiment. Buy other types of this fruit and see which ones you and your family prefer. If you do not like the taste of a particular fig you can still mix it with other fresh or frozen fruits and make great tasting jams and jellies.

The Girl and the Fig Cookbook