Figs are delicious and unique fruits and are part of the mulberry family.
Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, figs have been cultivated since ancient times. The Spaniards introduced Mission Figs to California territory in the early 16th century.
Figs thrive in hot, dry climates, like the Mediterranean. Turkey tops world production, followed by Egypt, Iran, Greece, Algeria, and Morocco. In the Middle East, figs are called “the poor man’s food.”
So, what is a fig? How do you eat it? What are the health benefits of eating figs? This guide below has all the information you need to know about figs.
What Are Figs?
Figs are soft, pear-shaped fruit that is about the size of your thumb. The fig fruit is available in purple, green, and yellow stripes, and each fruit has pink flesh and is filled with hundreds of tiny seeds.
What Do Figs Taste Like?
Depending on the types of figs, they have a mild and sweet taste with a crunchy texture from the seeds.
1.They were first cultivated in Egypt, about 6000 years ago, and were Cleopatra's favourite fruit.
2.Fig leaves are used medicinally to reduce the amount of insulin required by insulin-dependent diabetics.
3.The latex sap from the fig tree can be used as a cure for common warts with little or no side effects.
4.Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture.
5.Early Olympic athletes used figs as training food. They were also presented as laurels to the winners.
Health Benefits Of Fig
Not only tasting delicious figs offer an array of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, copper and manganese. Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals, and soluble fibre.
Considering they have a variety of nutrients, figs have been said to help with easy digestion and can even aid in the prevention of breast and colon cancers, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
Eating one-half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk.
Fresh, as well as dried figs, contain good levels of the B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
3 Ingredients Vegan Figs Smoothie
This Fig Banana Smoothie has a wonderful, creamy taste, and deliciously sweet flavour. Made with fresh or dried figs, ripe banana and milk, this smoothie is a refreshing nutritious breakfast or snack!
Thick, and that sticky texture of figs, turn this smoothie into a yum-yum smoothie for those who like figs a lot or want to rid their fridge of this perishable fruit fast.
• 4 medium fresh figs
• 1 small ripe banana
• 1 pinch cinnamon powder
• ½ cup of non-dairy milk( oat milk/coconut milk/almond milk )
• Gather the ingredients.
• Cut the tips of the fig stems off, slice in half and add to a blender or small food processor.
• Add the sliced bananas (Instead of bananas, you can use strawberries or any berries).
• Add ½ cup thin or medium consistency of milk.
• Also, sprinkle 1 pinch of cinnamon powder. ( You can also add a pinch of ginger powder or cardamom powder or nutmeg powder ) .
• Blend till smooth. To thin the consistency, you can add some more milk.
• Pour in a glass and serve figs smoothie.