Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 1 to 7, National Fig Week
Figs, Civilizations Oldest Fruit


   The Fig
        Fig History and Information
        How to Plant a Fig Tree
        Nutrition Information
        Edible Recipe Art
        Fig Art
        Side Effects 
        Resources














SelectionLook for figs that are soft and smell sweet. Handle carefully because their skins bruise easily. 
Storage.  Store fully ripened figs in the refrigerator up to 2 days; bring to room temperature before serving


How to Plant a Fig Tree


Nutrition Information
Figs are rich in fiber, potassium, and phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as carotene, lutein, tannins and chlorgenic. 

Edible Recipe Art
Dried figs can be used to substitute fat in baked goods. When using dried figs in baking to replace shortening or oil do not over mix or over bake. In a recipe use half the normal amount of shortening, margarine, butter or oil when using dried puree. 
Fig Art


Side Effects from WebMD
Avoid prolonged sun exposure when taking fig leaf because it can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned. 

Skin contact with fig fruit or leaves can cause rash in sensitive people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Fresh or dried fig fruit is safe in amounts found in food, but there’s not enough information to know if it’s safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine.

Surgery: Fig might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using fig as medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Resources
1. California Figs
2. Figs, Fresh, Fruits and Veggies More Matters 
3. Figs, Wikipedia® 
4. Figs, WebMD
5. The Worlds Healthiest Foods: Figs 
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