By Sprout, 3rd March 2017. Topics: Summer, Fruit, Figs

Figs

A soft spongy exterior surrounding a sweet, moist, bright red interior. Eat the whole fruit including the soft exterior. Figs come in a range of exterior colours from light green, to bright green and deep purple.

When

Figs are a delicate soft fruit grown on a tree. They are available for approximately 6-8 weeks at the start of Autumn.

Selecting

The shape and size of figs depends on the variety. When selecting figs choose fruit that are firm but slightly soft and have a sweet aroma. Look for figs that have been displayed and stored carefully. Avoid figs that have a significant visible split. Figs have a short shelf life and should be eaten within two or three days of purchase. If you are not going to eat them within two or three days, store them in the fridge to avoid them perishing.

How

Figs are delicious when consumed fresh and either on their own or as part of salads, breakfast or dessert. Try fig, prosciutto, bitter greens and blue cheese or natural yoghurt, toasted seeds, honey and fresh fig.

Nutrition

Figs are an excellent source of fibre and carbohydrate and a good source of vitamin K.