Unexpectedly Delicious: Figs

Figs are undoubtedly known best for their unique texture. The sweet taste of fresh figs is complemented with a smooth skin, chewy flesh and crunchy seeds.  They originate from the Mediterranean region, but California figs can also be found in stores.

Why should you eat figs?                         

Much like their cousin, the date, figs provide a good source of dietary fibre and were historically used as a natural laxative. They also provide a source of potassium, Vitamin B6, copper and trace amounts of manganese.  Fully ripened figs also provide a good source of antioxidants.

Nutrition value of 1 medium fig:

  • 5g fibre
  • 5% of daily potassium requirements
  • 4% of vitamin B6 needs (important for maintaining healthy red blood cells)

The wonders of how to enjoy it:

Figs are more commonly found in a dried form. Try to purchase figs that have been dried naturally rather than dried through an artificial process involving sulfites.  Use dried figs as a natural sweetener in baking, or as a flavourful addition to sauces and salads when cooked or roasted. If using fresh fruits, consume them within a day or two of purchasing as figs ripen quickly!

Recipe Ideas:

  • Fig and Walnut Loaf (in this month’s newsletter)
  • Fig and Ginger Chicken Tagine
  • Raw Fig Bars
  • Roasted Beet and Fig Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar
  • Homemade Fig Newtons
  • Fig Balsamic Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Did you know that…

The fig leaf has also been reported to have major health benefits. Some cultures have traditionally used fig leaves to help control blood sugar levels. Figs also have cancer-fighting affects. How fig-ing awesome is that? 😉