Can I just make this post into one of those “educational” posts where I share several interesting facts about a certain topic? You know…those extremely crucial facts that I pretend to have created and founded myself after an extended time of research, but that you may have very well googled and found for yourself after typing one or two simple words into google?
Can I just make this post into one of those where I pretend to have always been truly knowledgeable about the subject matter? You know…one of those posts where I share critically important information that I pretend to have acquired years ago, in my extensive culinary and pastry academic work, but that I really just discovered a few days ago while surfing the internet just like you are right now?
In other words, can we make this into one of those posts where I pretend to know what the hell I’m talking about?
Okay, great. We can now proceed. Let’s talk about figs then. Please allow me to share with you some quick facts that I just learned about myself. It may make you view this underestimated fruit in a different light.
Figs are wonderful. They really are. This much I discovered at a very young age, when I took recent trips to my back yard in the house I grew up in southern Spain. There was a fig tree there that gave deliciously sweet delights. It stood so powerfully over the dried soil and I remember it possessing a strong presence; more than any of the other trees in my back yard.
But why else do I hold so much respect for figs, aside from their delicately sweet and unique taste? Figs are full of health benefits. Here are are some reasons why figs basically rule:
Figs are a high source of potassium which helps lower blood pressure. Figs are also high in dietary fiber, which helps with weight loss but more importantly, studies show that fibrous fruits such as figs, help reduce breast cancer by 34% in postmenopausal women. Figs are also known to improve cardio vascular disease by lowering triglycerides in the blood stream. But this is not all. No way. Figs are also a great fruit source of calcium, which as you may know, is a mineral that has many functions, one of them being bone density. Even fig leaves have benefits! I’m not sure if you think of the leaves as edible parts, but in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu and this is beneficial to reduce insulin levels in the bloodstream.
So, why not do your health and taste buds a generous favor? Why not enjoy all the greatness that this fruit has to offer on its own? Why not take it even a step further and make these delicious Pine Nut Shortbread Cookies with Figs, Goat Cheese Spread, and Balsamic Glaze?
Why the heck not?
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