Friday, 14 June 2019

Profile On: Figs

In this latest instalment of our Profile On series, we take a look at figs!

How do I know if a fig is ripe?

Unripe figs are small and green in colour. Ripe figs are either brown or purple, depending on the variety. A ripe fig is soft to the touch

Where does its name come from?

The word "fig" comes from both the Latin word "ficus", as it was a very common food source for the Romans. It is also known as the "common fig".

Where's it from?

It is widely grown throughout the world, but is native to the Middle East and western Asia.

When is it in season?

Figs have two seasons: a shorter season in early summer, and a longer season that starts in late summer and runs through into autumn.

What does it taste like?

A ripe fig is very juicy, so don't wait too long to eat it once you take the first bite! The fig is honey-sweet, with subtle hints of berry. They have a chewy texture and have slightly crunchy, edible seeds.

What are the health benefits?

They contain a high amount of fibre, so they are great for helping the digestive system and for reducing hunger and cravings. They also contain natural prebiotics which support the good gut bacteria. They also contain calcium which is great for bones.

Did you know?

Some people use figs as a substitute for coffee! Maybe think about that when you grab your next caffeine fix!

Do you love figs? Let us know @office_fruit!

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