I made a point to use up dried fruits that had been collecting in the pantry when I made fruitcake last year. I put some dried figs in with the mixture of ground up fruit and spirits I created for the cakes, and honestly, I wouldn't do it again. As you mention, I dislike the little crunch of the seeds.
A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.
Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine,
something Brussels sprouts never do.
P. J. O'Rourke, humorist