Seasonal Eating :: September :: Figs + Recipe

by Yoli Ouiya on September 28, 2010

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“Figs are restorative, and the best food that can be taken by those who
are brought low by long sickness…professed wrestlers and champions
were in times past fed with figs.”

* Pliny, Roman naturalist (A.D. 23-79)

This post comes a little late in the season but now is actually a great time to catch some wonderfully sweet figs.

Nutrients
1 cup of figs provide Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, K, folate, fiber (30% of daily needs), calcium, chloride, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.

Benefits
Lowers high blood pressure naturally and is a great source of calcium for promoting bone density. Studies also show that healthy sources of fiber decrease the risk of breast cancer by almost 35%.

Pick em and Store em
Only purchase figs you plan on using within 1-3 days of purchasing, as they are very perishable. They should be soft but not mushy and give a light, sweet fragrant smell. I like to store my figs in a paper towel or dish towel lined glass bowl to prevent easy bruising.

Recipe
Roasted Figs with Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream

(ingredients are always organic unless noted otherwise)
1 lb. fresh figs
1/4 cup Agave or light brown sugar or alternate liquid sweetener.
3 TB 12 Year Old Balsamic*
Store-bought Coconut Milk Ice Cream or Make Your Own!
*optional

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Wash and delicately dry the figs. Slice in half.
Place in a baking dish and drizzle with balsamic and sweetener.
Roast for 15 minutes or more until they begin to brown.
Serve with a large scoop of ice cream and drizzle with remaining syrup from roasting.

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Yoli Ouiya is a Green & Healthy Living Expert, Green Chef, Publisher and Editor in Chief of YolisGreenLiving.com. She is noted as the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and currently operates a boutique eco-lifestyle outfit Yoli’s Green Living Group. Black Enterprise included Yoli in its “Top 20 National Bloggers” of 2012, was named ‘Best in Green Living” by AllParenting.com, and listed as “Top 17 Black Woman Bloggers to Watch in 2013″ bu ForHarriet.com. With a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell, she offers workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. She is currently on the board of directors for The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a health and nutrition specialist for Harlem Children’s Zone, and co-authoring a book slated for completion Spring 2014.

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