Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Figs grow on the Ficus tree (Ficus carica), which is a member of the Mulberry family.
Heath Benefits of Figs
Fig fruit is low in calories and they contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that contribute immensely for optimum health and wellness. In addition, fresh fruits contain adequate levels of some of the anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and K. Altogether these phyto-chemical compounds in fig fruit help scavenge harmful oxygen derived free radicals from the body and thereby protect us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases and infections. Fresh, as well as dried figs contain good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.
Source: Seasonal Food Guide