Honestly, I have never tried homemade Fig Preserves until last week. I am so lucky to have a friend with a fig tree in his backyard, and last week I shared a little bit about that and talked about the Health Benefits of Figs. This week, I wanted to share a recipe made from those same trees. This is something they have every summer, and his mom makes enough to last through the season. I couldn’t wait to get the recipe because this is pure fig heaven. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have. Here’s to figs!
Although dried figs are available year round, there is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh figs. Figs are available from June through September, and some European varieties are available through autumn. Here in Alabama, one of my friends has a fig tree in his back yard. How lucky! Figs are low in calories and contain dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that contribute to health and wellness. Here are the 5 health benefits of figs.
1. Figs can help lower high blood pressure-Figs are high in potassium which helps control blood pressure.
2. Figs can help lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women-Figs have the highest amount of calcium of any fruit, and 100g (3.5 oz) of dried figs contains 16% of the daily recommended amount.
3. Figs can help dibaetics-Figs are high in fiber which can help diabetics lower insulin and blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Figs also are filing and take the edge off appetite.
4. Figs are high in antioxidants-Both fresh and dried figs are an excellent source of phenol antioxidants, which are present in many fruits and vegetables that protect cells from oxidative damage that leads to cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
5. Figs are good for bone health-Figs are high in manganese. Your body relies on manganese to help activate enzymes, the proteins that carry out chemical reactions in your cells. Manganese-dependent enzymes allow for healthy bone development and also help your body break down carbohydrates and proteins from your diet.
Passover is here, and Easter is this weekend, so how about a great looking quinoa appetizer and fabulous cookbook giveaway? A flavorful trio including dried cranberries, quinoa and cool mint combines with lush fresh figs in this creative appetizer for Figs Stuffed with Sesame, Mint and Quinoa. Other fruits, such as halved apricots or pitted Medjool dates, may be used in place of the figs.
This recipe along with 499 others can be found in this comprehensive cookbook by Camilla Saulsbury published by Robert Rose books (my publisher). You will also learn how to stock your quinoa pantry, how to cook quinoa, the thermos method, how to add it to baked goods, how to toast it, how to sprout it, how to create quinoa flour and more.
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