Our figs are sourced from their native land for the freshest and sweetest dried figs you will ever taste. It’s no wonder our customers rave about the superior quality of these perfectly moist figs. They are all natural and one of the sweetest fruits available. Harvested by hand since ancient times, these figs may become one of your favorite new delights!
Health Benefits of Figs
Figs are high in fiber and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and B6.
What are Figs?
A fig is a soft and sweet bulbous fruit that comes from various species of Ficus trees. Figs are native to western Asia and the Mediterranean. Figs contain hundreds of tiny edible seeds that are appreciated for the texture and nutrients they add to the fruit. They are consumed all over the world in both fresh and dried form, and can be enjoyed as a healthy snack or added to savory and sweet recipes.
1) Lower Cholesterol Levels: A study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found that dried figs are a rich source of phenol and the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, all of which have been demonstrated to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease.
2) More Dietary Fiber than Any Other Fruit: Figs provide 20% of the recommended daily value of fiber, which is more than any other dried or fresh fruit. Figs are particularly rich in soluble fiber like pectin, which has been proven effective at lowering cholesterol.
4) Powerful Antioxidants: Figs are rich in antioxidants, which protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals.
5) More Health Benefits: Figs are rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which can help regulate blood pressure, support bone development, and control blood sugar levels. Figs are also a good source of prebiotics, which stimulate the helpful bacteria that exist in our gut and supports the function of our digestive system.
Dried figs can be enjoyed as a moist and delicious snack that provides a wealth of health benefits. Their natural sweetness and unique texture also makes them a wonderful addition to both savory and sweet dishes. For an exceptional treat, try pairing dried figs with goat cheese and caramelized onions. They can also be baked into breads, muffins, and biscuits, or chopped up in rice dishes and served with meats. Using a pair of scissors is one of the easiest way to cut up figs. Running your scissors or knife under hot water will prevent it from getting too sticky and make it easier to use. If you plan to use dried figs in dough for baking, coat the figs in flour first so that they will be easier to work with and won't stick to your pans.
Opened and unopened bags of dried figs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months. Afghanistan figs should be stored under refrigeration upon receiving, whether or not they are opened yet. Other dried fig varieties can be stored in a dry, cool place for up to 3-6 months. If you plan to store your figs longer, you can transfer them to a freezer bag or airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to a year.