Dried figs: seven excellent reasons to eat them

by Redazione Fine Taste

Starting in a banal way we can safely say that "It's not Christmas without dried fruit", starting with figs.

If you think about it, dried figs seem to be most affected by this strong link with the tables set during the Christmas holidays. It is no coincidence that in Ancient Rome it was customary to consume figs and honey during New Year's Eve.

It is curious that while availability for walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews and pistachios is almost constant throughout the year, for high quality dried figs the "protagonist" moment begins and ends very quickly, limited precisely to the Christmas period .

Such a pity. There are many reasons that push us to this reflection.

Starting with their thousand-year history.

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In ancient times, the fig tree was connected to the foundation of Rome: according to mythology, the she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus right under one of these trees, on the banks of the Tiber. Figs were certainly among the most appreciated and consumed fruits by the Romans, especially in the diets of athletes and convalescents, also thanks to their digestibility.

Figs are even represented in various archaeological evidence: numerous of them were found in a building in Herculaneum, preserved dried in glass containers.

Also around Vesuvius, some well-known frescoes depicting still lifes confirm the spread of the fig, such as in Cicero's Villa in Pompeii.

We mention Vesuvius and Pompeii not by chance, as it is precisely from this land, in particular from Cilento, that the PDO dried white figs that Fine Taste has selected for you come.

Produced, harvested and processed in a completely artisanal and organic way, they are perfect for your Christmas holidays: sumptuous, fragrant, meaty and... damned delicious!

And with many properties! Let's discover them together.

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Seven excellent reasons why it is worth eating dried figs

1. Very rich in fibre

The consumption of dried figs is often recommended for those who suffer from constipation or have intestinal problems.

2. Very rich in calcium and other important minerals

Dried figs are perfect for strengthening the bone structure (including teeth).

3. They contain a high percentage of sugars and vitamins

For this reason, dried figs are considered an excellent source of energy, 100% natural, to be consumed as an alternative to sweets or coffee.

4. They prevent hypertension

5. They are an inexhaustible source of natural antioxidants

As they are rich in polyphenols, dried figs help keep our body's cells young, help our immune system and contribute to the prevention of various types of cancer, including breast, colon and prostate.

6. They improve digestion

Figs contain prebiotics, i.e. those substances that the "healthy" bacteria that live in our intestines feed on. They are also very digestible.

7. Useful for blood sugar control

Even if they are sugary, the presence of mineral salts such as potassium and magnesium in figs helps keep blood sugar levels under control.

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A little anecdote: in ancient times, dried figs have always had a very intense connection with sexuality, even in the past it was believed that the numerous seeds present inside the fruit were a wish for fertility; sterile couples used to leave fig leaves under their pillows hoping for the arrival of a child.

To the wise...a few words!