A-Z HEALTH

F-is for…FIG!

Sweet, mildly fragrant, soft, and rich in colour, figs are a powerful and useful fruit. They pack an amazing amount of nutrients; high amounts of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber, sulphur, many B vitamins, copper, zinc, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin E and even small amounts of lipids (fats) and amino acids (protein).
Because of the high calcium content of figs, they are known to help maintain strong bones.
Figs also have a reputation for being able to kill bacteria and roundworms in the body, and they are useful for things like aiding digestion, hemorrhoids, constipation and lowering blood cholesterol.
These gems boost immunity and help ease coughs, hoarseness, as well as ease symptoms of respiratory and lung disorders.
Did you digest all of that? Yeah-it’s a lot for one fruit!

{RECIPE}

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THE INGREDIENTS
6 beautiful, ripe figs
2 oz cheese, like brie, goat or other (approx.)
balsamic reduction or honey (to drizzle)
small handful of pistachios

THE HOW TO

To start, place the oven rack in the middle position and turn your oven to broil.
Cut the cheese into small pieces. Wash the figs and cut off the very tips. Cut a cross about one-third of the way down the fig. Open it up slightly and place a piece of cheese inside. Ripe figs are quite delicate, so make sure to be gentle with them.
Place each fig onto a parchment-lined baking tray and into the oven. Broil for about 2-3 minutes or until the cheese fully melts. To serve, place onto a platter and drizzle with a balsamic reduction (or a quality, aged balsamic vinegar), or honey. Top with pistachios.
These delicious figs are amazing served with lightly toasted crostini. Enjoy with gratitude!

-Lise Johnson

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