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Fig

Figs are ripe and in-season during the warmer months of the year and are great to incorporate into your diet in a variety of ways.

Figs are a part of the mulberry family and come in quite a few varieties including black mission, Turkish, kadota, calimyrna, and adriatic (black mission and Turkish are the most popular here in the U.S.). They’re delicious, chewy, incredibly sweet, and loaded with fiber — definitely a must-have fruit to keep in your pantry!

Health Benefits of Figs:

Figs are incredibly fiber-rich, both with soluble and insoluble fiber that help our digestive systems stay regular and keep our blood sugar stable. The leaf of a fig has been shown to have anti-diabetic properties by increasing insulin sensitivity. Figs are also rich in minerals such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, and potassium; all of which are important for cardiovascular health, bone health, and reducing blood pressure.

Nutrient Breakdown of Figs:

*Per 100g raw

How to Use:

Enjoy figs fresh or dried in porridges, oatmeal, mueslis, granola, salads, smoothies, desserts, and baked goods. They can also be added into soups or sauces to act as a natural sweetener and thickener.

Recipes:

Sticky Fig BBQ Sauce

Mediterranean Millet Salad Wraps

Fig Zucchini Pasta with Hemp Seed Crumble.

NS Recommends:

If eating figs raw makes your mouth feel a bit scratchy or itchy, try flipping the fig inside out before popping it in your mouth!

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