Try doing a search for figs - here is a great thread if you're looking for some recipes.
Yes, you can eat figs just as they are. Yummy, crunchy, sweet! Yes, you can chop them up, but they're sticky, so try coating your knife with cooking spray. And yes, once in a while, you'll crunch down on a stem (or maybe something, um, more protein packed) but life goes on. Enjoy!
"In all our woods there is not a tree so hard to kill as the buckeye. The deepest girdling does not deaden it, and even after it is cut down and worked up into the side of a cabin it will send out young branches, denoting to all the world that Buckeyes are not easily conquered, and could with difficulty be destroyed." - Daniel Drake, 1833