Do you want to many recipes with sweet and savory figs to capture all the taste and goodness of this seasonal fruit? Here they are, in order and already divided by gender. But first let's try to know a little’ better this fruit sweet and delicious.
The fig and figs: origin, properties and varieties
Originally from the Mediterranean area, the fig tree today is cultivated mainly in Turkey, Greece, United States, Portugal and Spain. Perhaps few people know that what we believe to be the fruit of the fig tree is not actually a real fruit.. The fruits of the fig tree are those crunchy grains contained within what we commonly call fig. And they are called achenes.
A fig tree can live over 100 years and exceed 30 meters in height. The trunk and branches of the fig tree contain a white latex used in ancient times to curd milk: a method that today finds new application, together with the use of thistle, for cheeses made without the use of animal rennet.
Calories and nutritional properties of figs
Since ancient times, the therapeutic and nutritional properties of figs. On the other hand, it is known that figs are a very sugary fruit and for this reason not recommended for diabetics. In fact, 100 grams of fresh figs contain 74 calories, while 100 grams of dried figs contain 255. In the kitchen figs lend themselves to be used in many sweet and savory recipes.
Fresh figs are a good source of potassium and fiber. In addition, contain good percentages of magnesium, iron and copper, football, vitamin B, sodium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid. In addition to zinc, thiamine and riboflavin. They therefore have diuretic and laxative properties. Dried figs are even more nutritious, because the substances contained in them are more concentrated due to dehydration.
Today they know each other over 150 varieties of figs. From a commercial point of view, the most important varieties are black, Green and Purple. The black variety is sugary and rather dry and is the most rustic and hardy variety. The green one is juicy and with thin skin, while the purple one is the sweetest variety, juicy and delicate. Is’ even the rarest fruit.
How to choose and store figs
When you buy fresh figs, fruits must be soft and plump, with the hard petiole. Avoid fruits that are too soft or that give off a fermented smell, because they are already overripe. The dried figs, instead, don't have to be too hard, sign of excessive dehydration.
Figs are a soft fruit and therefore very delicate: can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in hermetically sealed containers, so that they do not absorb odors. Dry ones should be stored in a cool, dry place, well closed and protected from insects, sugar gourmands.