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Figs are the fruit of legends – one of the first plants ever cultivated by humans, and full of sunshine, nutrients and history. They’re packed with fibre, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and vitamins B6, A, E and K. One of the richest plant sources of calcium, they contain a wealth of prebiotics, helping digestion (and indeed, making a good natural laxative!).
Figs are all-round health champions! Eat them to keep your digestive system working well and to help lower cholesterol. Try them to lower high blood pressure, as they rebalance sodium and potassium levels in your body, or nibble one to help your body increase its stores of calcium and build strong bones. Include them in your diet to boost your immune system and improve your chances of fighting illness.
We sell large quantities of organic dried figs at Naturally Good Food, in sizes ranging from 250g up to 10kg: click here to see our full range. Our figs are grown in an environmentally sustainable manner, in Turkey, and are full of crunchy little seeds and a dreamy, fragrant depth of flavour. They come to us from a range of suppliers and in a variety of packing styles too! Some are jumbled together any old how – others arranged in astonishingly neat little rows. Depending on the year’s harvest and growing conditions, our figs may be large or small and darker or lighter in colour.
We’ve also got non-organic ‘Lerida’ figs from the Lerida region of Turkey, which are renowned for being especially plump, sweet and juicy.
Depending on the harvest, some of our figs will be softer than others, but all can be rehydrated to make them completely soft. Rehydrate them by soaking them in water or fruit juice overnight, or more quickly, by simmering them in water or fruit juice on the hob. If you haven’t got time for rehydration at all, try the Crazy Jack organic ready to eat figs, which come from ethically run projects. These soft figs are perfect for snacks or for introducing children to these fruits.
Whether rehydrated or dried, our figs work brilliantly in a variety of ways:
- nibble them as snacks, along with other dried fruits
- serve then with tangy cheese or other dairy products
- poach them to make a compote or preserve, perhaps with dried apricots too, and serve with yoghurt
- cut into small pieces and add to cakes, muffins, cookies or breads (it’s best to use our chopped figs for this, as they’re easiest to handle)
- try them in a toffee figgy pudding, a gluten-free fig and almond bar or a pork loin stuffed with figs and apricots.
What’s that white stuff on my figs?!
Sometimes, the sugar inside dried figs begins to crystallise on the outside. If you’ve not seen this before, it can look a little surprising – even, if you get a lot of sugar, a bit like mould. Rest assured, it is nothing of the sort. Many of our customers drool over the particularly ‘sugared’ ones!chopped figs, Crazy Jack figs, dates, diced figs, dried apricots, dried figs, dried fruit, figs, Lerida figs, organic figs, prunes, ready to eat figs, rehydrating figs
This post was written by Yzanne