Figs- The Ancient Healthy Fruit

Figs- The Ancient Healthy Fruit

Bev Dunne

Figs are one of those fruits which have been enjoyed since ancient times. They are naturally loaded in phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. In fact, dried figs contain a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals.

Dried figs are an excellent source of calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. 100g of dried figs contain 640mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium and 2mg of iron. In addition, dried figs contain a good amount of B Vitamins together with some antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, E and K.

Of course, dried figs are always a great standby to prevent constipation. 5 grams of fibre can be found in 3 servings of dried figs -a good reason to include dried figs in your daily breakfast regime. Below is a tasty, dried fig breakfast recipe, which can be served on your muesli or porridge.


Ingredients: 12 Organic Road Dried Figs, 3 apples, cored and quartered, tsp Go Vita Cinnamon, ½ cup Organic Road Coconut Sugar, 2 cups water.

Method: Arrange figs and apple in casserole dish, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and cover with water. Fit lid and bake in oven for 25 minutes in moderate oven, or until figs and apple are tender. Serve with muesli or porridge.

Another fantastic treat are these Dried Fig and Coconut Balls which not only gives you the nutritional benefits of the dried figs but also the great benefits of coconut oil.



Ingredients: 2 cups Organic Road Dried Figs, ½ cup Go Vita Australian Walnuts, 1½ cup Organic Road Shredded Coconut ,1/2 cup Organic Road Virgin Coconut Oil, grated zest of lemon.

Method: Remove stem from figs, roughly chop then combine figs, 1 cup shredded coconut, walnuts, melted coconut oil and lemon zest in food processor to process with chopping blade. Process until mixture is evenly chopped. Remove, roll into balls then roll in remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for about 2 hours