Fig or anjeer

A great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, dried and fresh fig known for centuries being a healthy and versatile ingredient for the most exotic meals.

Fall is for figs. One of the world’s oldest trees, it’s even has references in Bible and known as a favorite fruit of Cleopatra. Originally, figs grow in Middle East and Mediterranean and are best late summer and during autumn.

Figs have a sweet taste, soft texture and are littered with edible seeds. When fresh it is delicate and soft. And it’s pretty awesome that even dried, they have the highest concentration of antioxidant polyphenols among all of the dried fruits. Moreover, can be enjoyed all year round.

Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. They are rich in minerals including potassium, magnesium and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness. Figs are a good fruit source of calcium. One dried fig gives 3% calcium of daily calcium requirement. Along with other calcium-rich foods, they can help to improve bone density and strength.

It’s also rich in iron, an important mineral that carries hemoglobin throughout the body.Eating figs is a natural way to raise hemoglobin levels indirectly by increasing the levels of iron in your body.

Dried figs contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids and may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and improve immune function.

Naturally high in dietary fibre, figs is a useful food to include in the diet for those watching their weight. High fibre foods provide feelings of fullness and can reduce hunger and cravings. Figs  contain prebiotics, which help support the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut, improving digestive wellness. Insoluble fiber protects against colon and breast cancer, while soluble fiber helps lower blood cholesterol.

For many centuries figs has been revered for its apparent aphrodisiac properties. Since ages, figs have been used to reducing sexual weakness. Soaking 2-3 figs in milk is known to enhance sexual power. Flush with seeds, from 30 to 1,600 per fruit, the fig is a symbol of fertility in many cultures.

Figs have been quite useful in various respiratory disorders like whooping cough and asthma. Furthermore, they are good in treating constipation, indigestion, stomachache, fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal diseases and promoting good health of the liver. Fruits like figs are great in sharpening vision and keeping the risk of eye diseases away.

A 100 grams of dried figs provides approximately 249 calories, 3.3 g protein, 0.9 g fat, 69 g carbohydrate, 5.6 g fibre.

A 100 grams of fresh figs provides approximately 80 calories, 1.3 g protein, 0.3 g fat, 20.3 g carbohydrate and 2.2 g fibre.

Thinking how to add fig into your diet? See the recipe from Anastassia Khozissova here

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