FIG

Fresh figs have green or purple skin with pale pink, soft juicy flesh, enclosing a pink heart of tiny edible seeds. The whole fruit is edible (although skin can be removed if preferred), with a sweet subtle flavour.

The fig is a member of the mulberry family and is native to Turkey. It was spread throughout Europe by the Romans.

FIG are classed as a fruit.

Tips

Fresh figs are traditionally eaten with cured meats, cheeses & nuts. They are delicious eaten raw or can be grilled, with honey. Try using chopped fresh figs as an ingredient in jams or preserves.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 116 kcal, 484 kJ protein 1.2g carbohydrate 30.0g fat 0.5g.

Preparation

Cut the stalks - there is no need to peel unless preferred.

Storage

Store in a refrigerator for up to 7 days. Fresh figs do not ripen further after harvest.

Choosing

Choose firm, plump, unblemished fruit, which give to gentle pressure. Avoid figs that are bruised or damaged. They are very delicate, so handle with care.

Fun Fact

Egyptians priests used to eat figs during consecration ceremonies. Figs also were used as a symbol of excellence. They have symbolized abundance, initiation and fertility. The seeds in figs symbolize unity and faith.

Availability

Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.

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Israel
Peru
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Turkey