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is there a use for fig leaves?

I have access while on vacation to a fig tree; I remember reading they can be used in cooking (stuffed?). How can they be used?

Lisanne is a trusted home cook.

asked about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

You can make stuffed fig leaves - just like stuffed grape leaves, aka dolmas. Here's one recipe: http://figfest.org/fig...

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creamtea

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added about 3 years ago

Thank you! my daughter and I picked several and brought them back on the plane.

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added about 3 years ago

You can use them like banana leaves as well- wrap around fish for grilling or steaming.

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creamtea

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added about 3 years ago

Very interesting! Thank you for the idea. Looks like I will have a difficult decision ahead as to how to use them!

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added about 3 years ago

I presume you mean besides the obvious traditional use of the fig leaf!

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creamtea

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added about 3 years ago

I was afraid I'd raise a few eyebrows with my query.... :)

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added about 3 years ago

My mom uses it to favor food, like an herb. She makes green papaya preserve and she always puts a whole fig leave in the pot which she lays discard when it is done. It gives a nice flavor!

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creamtea

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added about 3 years ago

thanks for the idea, Todie. Is this a tart preparation or a sweet preserve? Coincidentally, at the airport I happened to buy a magazine that included a recipe for green papaya pickle; the fig leaves made it back home with me in good condition and ready to use.

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added about 3 years ago

Would love to hear how you use them creamtea.

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added about 3 years ago

It is a sweet preparation. I have no idea how it will work with pickle green papaya.