Figs

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Black Fig
Black Fig

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Inside of figs
Inside of figs

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Green figs
Green figs

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Foods Included

Black Mission Figs, Adriatic Figs (white figs), Brown Turkey Figs, Calimyrna Figs, Kadota Figs, Figs Fresh, Figs Dried

Description

Figs are a soft sweet fruit, with a very thin outer skin and an inside full of small seeds. Figs range in color and texture. With over one hundred and fifty kinds of figs, the most popular varieties include:

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

Buy It

Figs should be purchased only a day or two in advance of when you are planning on eating them. Look for figs that have a rich, deep color and are tender, without any bruises.

Store It

Fresh Figs should be kept refrigerated and can be stored between 5 and 7 days.
Figs can be frozen in a sealed bag or container for up to 6 months.

Cook It

Wash figs with cool water
Remove the stem and gently wipe dry the figs.
Figs can be then eaten as a whole or added to oatmeal or any other whole grain breakfast or to a fennel salad.

Why It's Great

Figs are a good source of:

Dietary fiber which helps in digestion and helps prevent constipation

Vitamin B6 which helps the body make antibodies which our body needs to fight diseases. 

Potassium which is mineral that helps the heart, kidneys, and other organs work normally. 

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