I had never had a fresh fig, at least I can't remember that I ever did, not even when I visited Jordan or Israel. I've had them dried plenty a time and always liked them. I've had fig jam and like that as well. So when I came across a box of mission figs from California at our grocery store, I grabbed them. I decided to try them as I had seen them before, on bread with brie and a drizzle of honey. I liked them, they were sweet and soft, but I wasn't crazy about them, something about the texture bugged me. Hubby tried them as well and wasn't too keen.
Rather than having them go to waste because both of us were not loving the fresh fruit, I decided to transform them into a fig spread. I cut them up, added a tiny bit of water and sugar to a pot and heated them up. I added a splash of wine vinegar and smoothed the softened and sweet fruit in the food processor. Much better! This spread is lovely on it's own, or with cheese or cold chicken.