This striking fruit, with its deep purple skin and vibrant deep pink flesh, is a wonderful addition to the christmas table. Figs have a naturally high sugar content, making them an ideal match for equally intense ingredients, such as salty prosciutto, goat- or blue cheese and nuts. Combine them with peppery leaves such as rocket or watercress.
Eat fresh figs on their own with goats' cheese, or slice into wedges and caramelise lightly and toss in salads. Alternatively, bake them until tender and drizzle with honey and crème fraîche or yoghurt, or poach in port or sweet sherry with aromatic flavourings such as cinnamon, citrus peel and pomegranate seeds and serve with cream.