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All About Figs. What are Fig Trees?
Fig plants have been cultivated for hundreds of years. The fig tree originated in Asia and the Middle East.
Today, the tree is grown in other warmer regions like Turkey. This makes it easier for people everywhere to use figs in recipes.
Nutritional Value of Figs
This sweet tasting fruit offers vital nutrients. Dried figs contain vitamin K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper.
In addition, figs are high in polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants that assist with immunity while providing health benefits. A fig also has protein and fiber.
Cooking Using Dried Figs
Fig fruit is typically dried before use in recipes. Fig preserves or jams are popular on breads, pastries and desserts. Packaged cookies made with fig jam are available ready-made at grocery stores.
Fresh figs are difficult to find because they are extremely fragile. They must be eaten within a few days of harvesting.
In ancient times, figs were harvested and dried in the sun. Today, figs are dried by machines while they hang on ropes. The fruit’s natural sugar crystallizes to preserve it.
In addition, special machines steam, dry, and press the fig fruit in various shapes for use in recipes. Fig fruit is packed in fabric bags, cardboard containers or wooden boxes.
The containers of figs are transported in refrigerated trucks to warehouses, food manufacturers and stores.