I just bought some amazing figs. If you can find fresh ones, which are abundant right now, make sure you scoop them up and savor their incredible flavor.
You can also use fresh or dried figs to replace dates in many of your raw food desserts.
Figs are small, soft fruits that are native to the Middle East and are known for their delicate and sweet taste. In Roman times figs were considered to be restorative and were believed to increase the strength of young people, to maintain the elderly in better health and to make them look younger with fewer wrinkles. They are most commonly eaten after being dried but you can also buy them fresh. Not only are figs low in calories but they also contain soluble and insoluble fiber. They are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and are also sodium free, cholesterol free, and fat free.
So what can figs do for you?
That’s 16% of your daily recommended value!
A chemical found in figs, Psoralen, has been used for thousands of years to treat skin pigmentation diseases and promotes tanning in the sun.
Figs are high in fiber so they help aid in weight loss.
Since they’re fruits, figs have phytonutrients that help protect you from diseases like cancer, diabetes, and some infections.
Figs also have chlorogenic acid that helps lower your blood sugar.
When buying fresh figs, make sure they smell sweet and feel soft in your hand.
Fig season is from June to early fall, grab some fresh from the store to keep your summer sweet, or enjoy them dried anytime!