As a child I could not eat figs, not even being willing to try them. Now I cannot get enough of them in the short fig summer season. Yesterday I read an article in the German Bunte magazine, describing figs as a SuperFood and a Trend Fruit! Interestingly, figs are part of the Mulberry family.

I have been buying figs by the boxload at Melissa’s on Kloof Street, charged at an incredibly reasonable R45 per box. I have served them at a party with a round of Brie cheese, a lovely combination, especially when paired with sparkling wine. Recently I rediscovered IceDream, an Italian gelato outlet tucked away in being set back on the main road, where I ate the most delicious fig ice cream. 

The Bunte article waxes lyrical about the Fig, waving Avocado goodbye as the former SuperFood. It describes the Fig as being an uncomplicated fruit one just needs to wash, cut open, and eat. Weight wise a 100 gram portion of figs represents 60 calories. Figs are high in dietary fiber, and contain minerals such as magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, and potassium, and vitamins, making them the SuperFood they have become. They contain Vitamin A for a healthy skin, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B2, calcium, iron, and its Biotin is a wonder element promoting healthy hair and nails. The article warns that dried figs contain double the amount of sugar of fresh figs. Figs are a good antidote to sweetness cravings, and do not let one’s blood sugar level surge. Health benefits in treating piles, diabetes, coughing, bronchitis, asthma, indigestion, and even sexual dysfunction make the Fig particular popular, and perfect in promoting weight loss, strengthening bones, and in preventing heart disease.

Figs can be eaten on sandwiches with a cheese base, served with meat in a burger, and can serve as a müsli topping. I experienced a fig disc jacket over a piece of geelbek recently, an interesting combination served at Janse & Co. Figs with honey, pears, and feta cheese pair well. It is an unusual salad ingredient. 

Cheers to the Fig, SuperFood of 2018.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: click here Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein

 

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