Rinse figs; boil in water to cover for 30 minutes.
Drain, clip stems and cut into small pieces.
Pour hot water over gelatin and stir until dissolved; cool.
When gelatin begins to thicken, add whipped cream, figs and nuts and mix thoroughly.
Pour into serving dishes, chill until firm and garnish with whipped cream and pecans or fruit.
Use dates instead of figs.