Figs are good for the digestive system. They are packed with fibre and also contain ficin, and enzyme that helps soothe the gut. They are mildly laxative.
Figs contain compounds that help shrink tumours and are, therefore, believed to help prevent cancer. They are also on of the highest plant sources of calcium, which is required for good bone health, blood clotting and healthy nerve function.
The other nutrients in figs, including iron and potassium, are particularly concentrated in dried figs, which provide instant energy and help prevent cramps, so making them ideal for athletes. The amino acid tryptophan makes figs a natural sedative.
Figs appear to trigger headaches in some people. The oxalates in them make them unsuitable for people suffering from kidney or gallbladder problems.
Fig, Mozzarella & Prosciutto Salad
- Cut 8 ripe black figs into quarters and tear 250 g (8 oz) mozzarella and 8 slices prosciutto into bite-size pieces. Arrange them all on a large platter with a few basil leaves.
- Whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar and a pinch of sugar.
- Season the dressing with salt and pepper and drizzle over the salad
Serve this salad for 4 person.
Storing and serving:
- Keep under-ripe figs at room temperature out of ddirect sunlight.
- Store ripe figs in the refrigerator but bring to room temperature to serve
- Use fresh figs raw as a snack, serve them in salads or with cheese or poach them for desserts.
- Use dried figs in breakfast cereals and baking.
NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER 100 G FRESH (DRIED) : energy 43 (227) kcals | protein 1.3 (3.6) g | carbohydrates 10 (53) g | fat 0.3 (1.6) g | fibre 2 (12) g | vitamin C 2 (1) mg | potassium 200 (970) mg