Calories in figs
Half a cup of raw figs weighing 74 grams contains 90 calories according to the US CDC FruitsandVeggiesMatter.
There is no fat, cholesterol, or sodium in that serving size, and only 1 gram of protein.
There are 24 grams of carbohydrates and 11 of those grams are sugars.
There are 2 grams of dietary fiber.
Vitamins and minerals are low in these fresh fruits (compared to the dried ones)with only 15% of Vitamin A daily value, and 25% of Vitamin C daily value.
Fresh fig varieties
This fruit will have a skin color that can vary from creamy amber to deep purple when ripe.
Common varieties include Calimyrna, Mission, Kadota, and Brown Turkey
Choose ones that smell sweet and are soft to the touch, but make sure you handle them carefully as they bruise easily.
Also, they do not store for more than a day or two, so plan on using them very soon after harvest or purchase.
From appetizer to dessert
Most people enjoy just eating them plain after washing, but when fresh, figs are also excellent in many dishes.
They can be added to smoothies, cereals, and salads while raw.
An easy appetizer uses halves or quarters topped with goat cheese and chopped nuts.
Desserts include homemade ice cream or sorbets, or poached figs in wine topped with a variety of sauces.
This fruit is one of the oldest cultivated foods and is believed to originate in the Middle East.
It is well known in recorded histories of civilizations throughout the world.
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