Dried figs are nutritious and contain the minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and also fiber.
Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly.Add figs to baked goods such as muffins, cakes and muesli bars.
Add dried or fresh figs to porridge, oatmeal or breakfast cereals.
Stew dried figs in fruit juice with other dried fruits to make a delicious fruit salad. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg before serving
Poach figs in red wine or fruit juice and serve with Greek yogurt or creme fraiche.
Add quartered fresh figs to a salad of fennel, rocket and parmesan cheese.
Stuff fresh figs with goat's cheese and chopped almonds and serve as an appetizer or dessert.
Make a fig butter by boiling dried figs in fruit juice until soft. When all the liquid has been absorbed, place the mixture in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use to spread on rice cakes, toast or crackers.
Add chopped fresh figs to rice, quinoa or couscous dishes.
Make a fig tart by grinding two handfuls of walnuts in a food processor. Add one packet of dried figs, 1/2 packet raisins, 200ml apple juice, 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Process until the mixture is the texture of a sticky paste. Press into a pastry case and bake at a medium heat for 35 minutes
Conserving and Storing
Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated, where they will remain fresh for approximately two days. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.