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Try Some Black Mission Figs
Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, among many other nutrients, black mission figs originated in Spain; however this species of fig is now commonly grown throughout the United States. These figs are very hardy and are able to grow in a wide variety of climates. Since this type of fig is extremely nutritional, if you are looking for a healthy treat with a lot of fiber than there is no better choice of snack food than black mission figs. Many types of fruits are heavily sugared when they are dried out. Figs are also commonly found with a lot of sugar added in. The healthiest and best tasting figs will be dried out naturally with very little to no sugar added. Eating figs with no sugar added may be a something you need to develop a taste for if you are use toCredit: By H. Zell (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons eating extremely sugary foods.
The black mission fig trees can be purchased at many local nurseries, as well as ordering these fig trees online. The black mission fig tree is very popular with growers because it can grow and thrive in more regions of the United States than any other fig tree.
The many nutritional benefits of the black mission figs cannot be understated. These black mission figs are loaded with fiber, calcium, potassium, and numerous other vitamins and minerals. The black mission fig is said to contain more nutrients than any other type of fig.
Black mission figs are commonly recommended by Doctors to individuals who need to undergo a heart healthy diet. Black mission figs contain no fat so they make a very healthy and tasty snack food for people on a low fat diet. Although black mission figs are commonly eaten as a snack food, there are many other possible uses for this fruit.
Black mission figs can be added to homemade bread, cooked into jams and jellies, and added to numerous other recipes. If you use these figs in your cooking you may need to cut back on the amount of sugar you add because these figs are naturally very sweet.
Black mission figs are commonly dries out and eaten; however these fruits can also be enjoyed when they are fresh. To properly eat black mission figs you need to ensure that the fig is picked off the tree when it is ripe. Unlike bananas and many other fruits, a fig will not ripen anymore once it has been plucked off of the tree. Pick the figs when they are ripe and you will enjoy this tasty fruit. Many people in the United States have never eaten figs. Figs are very tasty and do not taste anything like the popular Fig Newton cookies. Fresh and dried figs are very healthy, tasty, and fun to eat. Cookies such as Fig Newtons are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients and cannot capture the flavor that a true fig contains.
If you do not have a fig tree you can often find black mission figs for sale at local grocery stores, especially those stores with a large organic fruit section. If you cannot find figs locally you can always find figs online for sale. I have found and purchased for my family black missions figs seasonally at Costco. They are certainly a treat for my family and if you haven't tried them, for all of the above reasons, you should.
Here is a great black mission fig recipe from my favorite recipe site, AllRecipes:
1 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
12 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
8 black mission figs, cut in quarters
1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
|1.||Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).|
|2.||Place the baguette slices on an ungreased, foil-lined baking sheet.|
|3.||Bake the bread in the preheated oven until the bottoms are brown, about 5 minutes; flip and bake until crisp, 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven.|
|4.||Spread 1 tablespoon of ricotta on each slice of toasted bread. Place a few ribbons of basil on each, arrange a slice of fig on top, and drizzle the finished crostini with balsamic vinegar.|
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