Rich in taste, figs are a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Its sweet, delicious flesh, long used as a sweetener before the advent of refined sugars, enhances both savoury dishes and desserts.
Figs are a culinary delicacy par excellence due to their unique taste and luscious sweetness. Figs feature a complex texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Since fresh figs are so delicate and perishable, some of their mystique comes from their relative rarity. Because of this, the majority of figs are dried creating a highly nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed in many ways.
Dried figs can simply be eaten, used in a recipe as is, or simmered for several minutes in water or fruit juice to make them plumper and juicier. Add a few dried figs while preparing oatmeal or any other whole grain breakfast porridge. You can also poach figs in juice or red wine and serve with yoghurt or frozen desserts.
Figs are among the richest plant sources of calcium and fibre. Besides fibre, dried figs are also rich in copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K while being low in fats and cholesterol. Figs are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. They contain soluble dietary fibre which creates a sense of fullness in the stomach thus aiding weight loss.