Simply Healthy Family: All About Figs

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All About Figs


Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They have a distinct sweet taste and the little edible seeds are crispy and delicious. California figs are available from June through September; some European varieties are available through autumn.

Figs grow on the Ficus tree (Ficus carica), which is a member of the Mulberry family. They are unique in that they have an opening, called the "ostiole" or "eye," which is not connected to the tree, but which helps the fruit's development by increasing its communication with the environment.  Figs range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending upon the variety. The majority of figs are dried, either by exposure to sunlight or through an artificial process, creating a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the year.











A Sweet Way to Lose Weight
  • Figs are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber and fiber-rich foods may have a positive effect on weight management.
  • Fruit and Cereal Fiber Protective against Postmenopausal Breast Cancer
  • Help Lower High Blood Pressure
  • Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.


  
How to Enjoy Fresh Figs  
Fresh figs are so delicious, no cooking is necessary Just enjoy their naturally sweet goodness by itself, pair with your favorite cheeses, drizzle with a delicious dipping sauce, or simply add balance to your savory salsas and chutneys.







A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
  • When preparing oatmeal or any other whole grain breakfast porridge, add some dried or fresh figs.
  • Poach figs in juice or red wine and serve with yogurt or frozen desserts.
  • Add quartered figs to a salad of fennel, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh figs stuffed with goat cheese and chopped almonds can be served as hors d'oeuvres or desserts
  • Simmer 12 Fresh California Figs, peeled if you like, in 3/4 cup sugar dissolved in 1-1/4 cups water for 10 minutes and serve with cream and toast to make 4 people very happy at breakfast time.




These are some pictures of some beautiful Fig Trees.















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