What Does a Fig Taste Like?
We get that question all the time. Many people are only familiar with Fig Newtons and have never tasted an actual fig. While Fig Newtons do have a hint of sugar fig flavor, they can't compare to the wonderful taste of a fresh fig off a tree.
We use the figs from our backyard orchard in a variety of ways. Many of them never make it inside the house, because we eat them right off the tree. During the warmer months when our fig trees are in prime production mode, I'll often have my breakfast in the fig orchard.
You can also dry figs and preserve them for later, or make delicious jellies with them. Homemade fig jelly is the best and depending upon what type of figs you use to make the jelly, each jar could be slightly different!
However you prefer to enjoy figs, they're great to eat and have a ton of health benefits. Below are some of the great reasons you should be eating more figs!
Why You Should Be Eating More Figs!
1. Vitamins and Nutrients
Figs contain many essential nutrients including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They also include dietary fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
2. Digestive Health
The high fiber content in figs aids in digestion and prevents constipation. Figs contain a digestive enzyme called "ficin," which helps with digestion as well.
3. Weight Loss
Because they have a high fiber content, figs leave you feeling full. This reduces hunger cravings and helps with weight management.
Figs are rich in antioxidants, which reduce harmful free radicals and protect against oxidative stress. Phenols and flavonoids are a couple found in figs. These reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
5. Heart Health
The soluble fiber found in figs helps to lower cholesterol, and the high potassium content helps promote health blood pressure levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
6. Blood Sugar Management
Although they can be very sweet, figs have a moderate glycemic index. This means they release sugar into the body slowly, which helps regulate blood sugar and reduces the likelihood of blood sugar spikes. Figs are a great fruit option for those with diabetes.
7. Bone Health
The calcium and Vitamin K found in figs help to maintain healthy bones and reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis.
8. Skin Health
Antioxidants and vitamins aid promote healthy skin and reduce the risk of skin problems. Figs have been traditionally used to treat psoriasis and eczema.
9. Anemia Prevention
Figs contain iron, a mineral crucial for red blood cell production. Regular consumption may help prevent iron-deficiency anemia.