Sweet, juicy and low in calories, figs are jam packed with potassium, antioxidants and fibre. Here’s how to add them to today’s menu.
Oh, fig! Not sure how to eat this sensual fruit? Our fig recipes are sure to impress
The fig has a long-standing history as a symbol . Its pink flesh and little seeds are suggestive reminders of reproductive lady parts, and it’s been titled the unofficial understudy of the apple in the classic Adam and Eve tale. Even without its romantic past, a ripe fig is undeniable food porn. Plus, if you add figs to pretty much any recipe it makes your dish look profesh.
Eaten fresh, figs are loaded with sweet, jammy flavour and tiny seeds that crackle like Pop Rocks on the tongue, with their flesh surrounded by a thin, edible skin. And you can boost a basic piece of toast with some ricotta, herbs and beautifully sliced figs.
With an impressive three grams of fibre and only 74 calories in two medium figs, they’re a satisfying way to promote healthy regularity and manage your weight. (Not regular? Find out what your bathroom habits can tell you about your health.)
But wait, the nutritional news gets better: One serving of figs provides seven percent of your daily heart-healthy potassium needs, plus powerful phenolic antioxidants that may help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
While we’re all about fresh when figs are in season between early summer and early fall, dried figs shouldn’t be overlooked. Dried figs may be higher in calories and natural sugars, but early research suggests that they may beat their fresh counterparts in the antioxidant department.
And to up your game with your food insta posts, we rounded up our favourite fig recipes. All the more reason for figgy pudding all winter long!
Protein-Packed, Low-Cal Fig Chia Pudding
Healthy and totally Instagrammable, this fig chia pudding is #healthfoodgoals. It’s actually easy to make, if you have the time to chill.
So Easy To Make: Caramelized Onion and Fig Pita Pizzas
Skip the pepperoni and triple cheese. Up your pizza game by choosing unexpected ingredients, like fig and chèvre. Enjoy this fig pizza recipe.
Last-Minute Appetizer: The Prettiest Walnut, Prosciutto and Fig Apps Recipe
For a simple amuse-bouce, these walnut, prosciutto and fig apps are delicious and looks stunning on a platter. Your guests are sure to be impressed.
Quick And Healthy Fig and Prosciutto Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
This salad goes perfectly with buttered hazelnut or walnut bread, or other dense breads.
Honey-Roasted Ricotta with Figs and Grapes
This is ideal as an antipasto or an alternative to a rich dessert; serve it with flatbread crackers. It’s so fresh and flavourful you don’t need a large helping.
Easy Preservation Recipe: Grape & Fig Soaked Compote
Sweet, boozy and herbaceous, this simple soaked compote is a perfect accompaniment to a melty brie or a sharp Parm.