Meet The Ingredient: Figs


Two years ago, figs were introduced to me and my life hasn't been the same ever since. Okay, maybe that's a slight overreaction. What is not a slight overreaction is how delicious figs really are, and bonus they are loaded with tons of nutritional benefits that will help maintain our blood pressure, help manage weight loss and even contain cancer fighting nutrients and vitamins. 

Fresh figs are available in season in late June and last until early fall, which means that you still have a few weeks left to run to farmers market or grocery store to grab yourself some organic figs! Dried figs are available all year around, but you always want to make sure you are purchasing organic, preservative-free figs during the winter and spring time.

Figs grow on the Ficus tree (Ficus carica), which is a member of the Mulberry family. Figs range in color and in texture depending upon the variety, of which there are more than one hundred and fifty. Some of the most popular varieties are:

Black Mission: blackish-purple skin and pink colored flesh

Kadota: green skin and purplish flesh

Calimyrna: greenish-yellow skin and amber flesh

Brown Turkey: purple skin and red flesh