Featured Ingredient: Figs

Featured Ingredient: Figs

Finally! It’s fig season on the east coast! I have been extremely jealous all of the west coast bloggers who have been posting beautiful figs recipes for weeks! Literally, every week I go from store to store asking if any figs have come in and finally last week I spotted them! I think our fig season is quite short on the east coast so I grabbed a bunch and started cooking! It is my namesake after all.

 

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Four Facts on Fig Nutrition:

  1. Both dark purple and green figs are an excellent source of dietary fiber. 3-5 figs provide 5 grams of dietary fiber which equals about 20% of the daily value.
  2. The soluble and insoluble fiber found in figs may also help to lower cholesterol.
  3. Figs contain potassium which helps to maintain or lower blood pressure.
  4. Figs have long been a part of the Mediterranean diet, a diet associated with decreased risk of chronic disease.

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Storage

Figs are highly perishable. They only last a couple of days in the refrigerator. Look for figs that are plump and tender but not mushy.

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