Figs are fruit that come from a ficus tree (a member of the Mulberry Family). A Fig Tree is actually one of the world’s oldest trees. It is mentioned many times even in the Bible. They are native to the Middle East and Mediterranean.
Because Figs are such a perishable and delicate fruit, they are often dried so they are preserved. They have a sweet taste. In fact, they were often used as a sweetener before we had refined sugars around!
Figs contain high amounts of Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Copper. They’re also great sources of Antioxidant Vitamins A, E and K.
Due to their high fiber content people as a natural laxative.
Adding Figs To Your Menu
You’ve got to try one of our new favorite snacks, a “Fig In Pig”. Make a slit in each Dried Fig and stuff with a Pistachio. Place a Basil Leaf over a piece of Bacon (sliced in half) and wrap around the fig. Lay them seam side down in a pan before popping them in the oven for 10 minutes at 425°F. They’re delicious!
Slice up some Dried Figs and add them onto your Flatbread Pizza. This makes a fantastic appetizer.
Wrap a slice of Parma Ham around each Fig. Place over a slice of baguette covered with Blue Cheese. These are a crowd pleaser and perfect to serve for the holidays.
Fresh Fig is delicious sliced up and thrown into a salad. With their sweet taste they help liven up an ordinary bowl of lettuce.
If you have Fresh Figs they are also delicious stuffed with Cheese and Honey drizzled on top.