Fluffy Fig Whip And The Benefits Of Fresh Figs
FLUFFLY FIG WHIP
YOU WILL NEED
- 3 cups dried figs, chopped
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbs. honey (optional)
- 1 Tbs. carob powder
- 1 Tbs. flax seeds or toasted sesame seeds
TO MAKECombine all ingredients in a blender, and whiz until smooth. Spoon whip into fruit cups, and chill one hour before serving. You can also sprinkle fresh grated coconut on top of the whip for added flavor and crunch, or top with soy cream for a unique taste. Recipe can be found in Ten Talents on page 228
THE BENEFITS OF FIGSFigs are one of those fruits that most people pass up because it’s simply not a common fruit to eat in North American culture. But, you’re making a huge mistake if you don’t try a fresh fig or two. Not only are fresh figs delicious, but also they are also nutritious.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF FRESH FIGS
- They are high in soluble fiber
- They are rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, and copper
- Figs are packed with antioxidants including vitamins E, K, and A
- They are natural sweet – no sugar needed!
- Good sources of calcium
HOW TO PICK FIGSFresh figs are one of the few fruits that should be soft to the touch. A ripe fig should also have some juice leaking from the bottom of the fruit (this is a good thing!). It’s best to purchase figs that are sole loosely (as opposed to figs in a package), since you can feel each fig as you choose it (somewhat essential for selecting the best figs in the bunch). To store figs once you have purchased them, keep figs in your refrigerator for up to two days. If the figs that you have chosen are not quite ripe, keep them out on the counter until they ripen (figs are one of those fruits that do ripen at home). For the fluffy fig whip recipe, you will have to dry your figs, but this can be done quite easily.
HOW TO DRY FRESH FIGSWhat could be more delectable than a sweet, fresh ripe fig? Figs vary in color from light yellow to green, purple, brown or black. Figs are very perishable and best eaten soon aft er picking, or preserved. Drying whole figs, fig syrup, fig fruit leather, or conserves; it’s all worth the effort to relish the harvest all year. Dried figs, a concentrated source of energy also contain calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and fiber.
- 10 lbs. fresh tree-ripe figs
- 1⁄2 cup honey or apple juice concentrate
- 1⁄2 cup pure water
- 1-2 Tbs. lemon zest