Monday, August 27, 2012

Yummy Sweetness... Figs are so good.

Figs have been around for a long long time...We have all heard about Adam and Eve using fig leaves to cover themselves once they became aware of their nakedness. Edible figs were one of the first plants cultivated by man. There are fossils of figs that have been found dating back to 9400–9200 BC in the Jordan valley, north of Jericho.
Figs are chock full of goodness, thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and a great source of fibre.
Figs are very easy to grow and require very little care. Give them a sunny location and they pretty much take care of themselves. I am often appalled by the price of figs in the grocery store.. knowing that I get more than I can eat off my tree.

A lot of people have never eaten a fig.. they look.. well different and a lot of people think "fig newton" when they hear the word. I can tell you figs taste nothing like fig newtons! They are delectable. The tree I have is one from my Father in law.. he had a few different kinds.. and I do wish had some of the other varieties now. The one I have is kind of a middle ground. I am not really sure what the variety is.. they are sweet but not as sickly sweet as some I have tasted. I have also had ones that were similar that were quite.. well, bland. Not very sweet at all. This one is a nice mix and he referred to it as an Italian fig. Now if it is that kind, or if it was because his Italian neighbor gave him a cutting, I have no idea!
If you do a search on google for recipes with figs, you will find some delicious temptations. I prefer them fresh, but, with some pungent cheese would be pretty yummy as well.
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