Oh, fig! Not sure how to eat this sensual fruit? Our fig recipes are sure to impress
The fig has a long-standing history as a symbol of female sexuality. Its pink flesh and little seeds are suggestive reminders of reproductive lady parts, and it’s been titled the unofficial understudy of the apple in the classic Adam and Eve tale. (Here are three more sexy foods you just need to eat!) Even without its romantic past, a ripe fig is undeniable food porn. Plus, if you add figs to pretty much any recipe it makes your dish look profesh.
Eaten fresh, figs are loaded with sweet, jammy flavour and tiny seeds that crackle like Pop Rocks on the tongue, with their flesh surrounded by a thin, edible skin. And you can boost a basic piece of toast with some ricotta, herbs and beautifully sliced figs.
With an impressive three grams of fibre and only 74 calories in two medium figs, they’re a satisfying way to promote healthy regularity and manage your weight. (Not regular? Find out what your bathroom habits can tell you about your health.)
But wait, the nutritional news gets better: One serving of figs provides seven percent of your daily heart-healthy potassium needs, plus powerful phenolic antioxidants that may help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.
While we’re all about fresh when figs are in season between early summer and early fall, dried figs shouldn’t be overlooked. Dried figs may be higher in calories and natural sugars, but early research suggests that they may beat their fresh counterparts in the antioxidant department.
And to up your game with your food insta posts, we rounded up our favourite fig recipes. All the more reason for figgy pudding all winter long!