We’re thrilled that it’s currently fig season and we’ll be enjoying the plump, sweet fruits in many ways this autumn.

What are figs?

If you’re not familiar, figs are fruit from ficus trees, they have a sweet taste and a soft and chewy texture. They are filled with slightly crunchy, edible seeds.

The benefits of figs

Figs, and ripe ones in particular, are rich in antioxidants. They also act as a natural laxative because of the high fibre content. The fibre also has prebiotic properties, feeding the gut bacteria and promoting a healthy gut environment.

Figs are also a great source of bone-friendly minerals including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Preparing figs

You should gently wipe the skins of the figs with a damp cloth, trim the stem and then either keep whole or cut in half from top to bottom.

If you’re feeling creative, make a deep cross at the top end of the fig, almost cutting all the way through, but not quite, then squeeze the base with your fingers and the four quarters should open out like petals, creating a ‘flower’ shape.

How to cook figs

Cooking figs helps intensify their flavour and high sugar content. Pop them on a tin foil lined baking tray and sprinkle with demerara sugar, grill for 5-10 minutes and serve with crème fraiche for a delicious dessert.

Alternatively eat them raw, drizzled with honey or in a salad wrapped in parma ham with goat’s cheese and rocket.

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