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ok.........I'm not meaning to become a 'fruit blogger' but all my favorite fruits are in season now so I just have to share
It is time to CELEBRATE……………………Fresh Figs are in season!!!!! These are one of my favorite fruits and they are beneficial for EVERYBODY.
There are so many things you can do with fresh figs and too often people don’t take advantage of these healthy foods, let me list some that I have personally done
a) Figs stuffed with peanut butter
b) Figs stuffed with pumpkinseeds or pumpkinseed butter
c) Figs stuffed wit Walnuts and some cottage cheese (or your choice cheese)
d) Figs cooked with Lamb (or any red meat)
e) Figs cooked with Scrod (or any white fish)
f) Poached figs and Pears served with soft boiled eggs
g) Just ate a fresh fig mashed up into a egg yolk (from a soft boiled egg) and some homemade mayo and stuffed back into the white
Figs are also very healthy for you. They are the fruit of the Gods and mentioned in the Bible numerous times. They have been used medicinally for centuries.
According to Californiafigs.com (http://www.californiafigs.com/nutrition/index.html)
Figs impart the following benefits
Fig Nutrition Facts
1. Figs can be part of almost any special diet, be it low fat, low sodium, high fiber, weight loss, diabetic or even the Mediterranean. They satisfy a sweet tooth without adding any fat. Their unique satiny texture and seeds provide a satisfying mouth feel and crunch.
2. Figs are fat-free, sodium-free and, like other plant foods, cholesterol-free.
3. One serving of figs is 40 grams, about 1/4 cup, or about 3 Calimyrian figs or about 4 to 5 Mission figs.
4. A small serving of about 1 1/2 dried figs equals one fruit exchange, or 15 grams of carbohydrate, provided in the form of glucose and fructose.
5. Figs are high in fiber, providing 20% of the Daily Value --- more dietary fiber per serving than any other common dried or fresh fruit.
6. Of the approximately five grams of fiber per serving of California figs, four grams are insoluble and one gram is water-soluble.
7. Figs have the highest overall mineral content of all common fruits. A 40 gram (1/4 cup) serving provides 244 mg of potassium (7% of the DV), 53 mg of calcium (6% of the DV) and 1.2 mg of iron (6% of the DV).
8. California figs fit into 5 A Day -- the 40 gram serving is an easy way to add a serving of fruit to reach the daily recommendation of five fruits and vegetables.
Now my favorite fig is the Black Mission, these are really the only I eat, but I’m sure others are fabulous too. They are just grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeattt!!!. I don’t know if my Italian heritage or if I just have good taste, but figs are the best. Enjoy!