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Recipes Featuring Figs

  • Stuffed Figs I
    16 figs 8 maraschino cherries 16 pecan nut meats Granulated sugar
  • Stuffed Figs III
    16 figs 8 marshmallows 16 walnut meats Granulated sugar
  • Brandied Figs
    4 lbs figs 4 lbs sugar 2 cups water 2 inches vanilla bean Brandy
  • Stuffed Figs II
    16 figs 1/2 cup salted almonds Granulated sugar
  • Compote of Figs
    1 pound pulled figs 2 cups water 1/4 cup sugar 4 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Tomato Figs
    1 pound of sugar 1 fruit Powdered sugar
  • Dessert of Figs
    1 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • Peach Figs
    Peaches, pared & cut in half Sugar
  • Special Bread Pudding
    1/2 loaf stale bread 1/4 cup crystalized fruits, chopped 1 Tbsp jam or marmalade 1 Tbsp butter, melted 2 eggs, slightly beaten Milk Sugar to taste 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp powdered cloves 1/2
  • Fig Layer Cake
    1/3 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/2 cup finely chopped figs 1 1/2 cups flour 1/3 tsp salt 2 tsps baking powder

About Figs

  • Calimyrna figs have a nutty flavor and are amber-colored on the inside
  • Kadota figs have green skin with purple on the inside and are not quite as sweet as black mission
  • Black mission figs are sweet, have syrup-like juice, and taste great standalone
  • Figs were the favorite food of Cleopatra - the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
  • To serve figs whole, cut off the stem, wash and dry gently with a towel or napkin
  • Ripe figs are extremely delicate so be cautious when handling them
  • The fig itself is actually a flower that encloses sweet juice and seeds
  • Figs are bell-shaped with coarse, leathery skin
  • Figs can be prepared in a variety of ways such as in salads, broiled, or stuffed with cheese for an appetizer
  • Figs offer more fiber than any other common fruit or vegetable
  • Figs are a key component of the Mediterranean diet which studies have shown reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Figs are higher in antioxidants than red wine and green tea
  • The Romans believed that Bacchus brought figs to mankind so they celebrated him with festivals featuring crowns made of fig leaves
  • Figs were so cherished by ancient Greece that the export of the best quality figs was against the law
  • The fig tree was considered to be sacred in ancient Egypt, Italy, and Greece
  • The first figs were grown in Arabia and the cultivation of figs flourished in Mesopotamia which overlaps modern day Iraq
  • Psoralens is a natural chemical found in figs that is used to treat skin pigmentation diseases
  • Figs are unique in that they ripen and dry on the tree
  • California figs are generally available June through September
  • Figs are high in calcium which is helpful to maintaining bone health
  • Figs are high in fiber which can be beneficial to someone trying to lose weight
  • Figs are high in potassium which is helpful in controlling blood pressure levels
  • Fig trees do not survive cold weather so they are not available locally in northern U.S. states
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