Everything you need to know about figs
Figs are the fruit of the ficus tree, which is part of the mulberry family. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable, so are often dried to preserve them. This tree is one of the world's oldest and can be traced back to the earliest historical documents, even featuring in the Bible. Figs are native to the Middle East and Mediterranean.
Figs are well-known for their health benefits: they are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre as well as rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper. They are a good source of vitamins A and K (both antioxidants). Figs' high potassium content may counteract the urinary excretion of calcium caused by high salt diets. Subsequently, this helps to keep calcium in bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Here are some ideas for adding figs to your diet:
- Homemade fig roll
- Winter fruit salad
- Fig and mozzarella salad
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