Learn The History Of Our Bulk Figs
Known botanically as Ficus carica, figs are sweet, juicy fruits that grow on short trees reaching 15-30 feet tall. Native to the Middle East and Western Asia, figs were one of the first foods to ever be cultivated and enjoyed by humankind; there are traces of fig trees dating back to the Neolithic Stone age of 5,000 B.C.
Figs prefer to grow in sunny, dry climates, and can be cultivated for their fruit up to four times per year. Turkey is the world’s leading producer of figs. Turkey grows over 26 metric tons annually. Egypt comes in second and Algeria is the third largest producer.
Dried Figs Nutrition
Figs are low in fat and sodium and prized for their high fiber, natural sugars, and carbohydrate content. Unlike some other fruits, the nutritional value of figs increases when they’re dried.
Our bulk Turkish figs are grown and dried in Turkey. They are free of preservatives and other harsh additives commonly added to dried fruits.
A fun fact about figs is that their tree sap was used in traditional Mediterranean medicine to weaken calluses, remove warts, and deter parasites.
Dried Figs For Dietary Regulation
Along with dried prunes and dried apricots, figs are commonly prescribed for constipation because of their high fiber content. The soluble and insoluble fiber present in figs helps push food and waste through the digestive tract, making them an ideal and healthy alternative to over the counter laxatives. Figs are better eaten dried as opposed to raw for those looking to improve regularity since they become more fibrous post-dehydration. A 100 gram serving of dried figs fulfills 39% of the dietary fiber requirement.
Dried Figs In The Diet For More Energy And Less Hunger
Carbohydrates work to give us energy by being converted into sugar, or glucose, and then are used as fuel for the body. 100 grams of dried figs provides over 68 grams of carbs, which is 21% of the daily recommended value. Figs’ fiber acts as a complex carbohydrate, while their natural sugars supply the body with simple carbohydrates, making them a go-to snack before or during strenuous exercise.
Additionally, high fiber foods contribute to a feeling of fullness by creating volume. Consuming fibrous foods is a better alternative to unhealthy, less fibrous foods as they leave us satiated for longer on fewer calories.
Culinary Uses of Dried Figs
Bulk Turkish figs pair wonderfully with yogurts, select cheeses and cured meats. Here are some ideas to get the most out of your dried figs:
- Turn bulk Turkish figs into a jelly or jam
- Snack on them alone to reap their fiber benefits
- Top figs onto Greek yogurt
- Pair them with goat cheese or bleu cheese and toss into a spinach or arugula salad
- Wrap dried figs with prosciutto ham for an equal parts sweet and salty snack
- Incorporate them into a mix of other dried fruits and nuts
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