Friday, August 13, 2010

Happiest Season of All

My friend Suchi sent me the photo below last night and it made me so happy.  It's fig season!  I would be lying to you if I didn't admit that I have eaten two crates this week of the green ones. I have had trouble finding the black mission figs this year (center in this photo). 

Fig Feast!
Lest you worry that these were like candy - check out the nutrition facts I got from the entry on the "Common Fig."  Looks like figs are a superfood and I should definitely eat them often.  :)

p.s. the main fig growing regions for the world are Turkey and Egypt.  I think I know where I want to go on our next big vacation (during fig season of course)...


Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, relative to human needs. They have smaller amounts of many other nutrients. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants. They are good source of flavonoids and polyphenols.[3] In one study, a 40-gram portion of dried figs (two medium size figs) produced a significant increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.[4]

Monday's (and Thursday's) green fig snack


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