If eating cherries are beneficial for muscle recovery, the fig is also recommended to athletes for its high energy value and low-calorie intake. It is a soft and tasty autumn fruit, with a good sweet taste that will allow you to spend a vitamin-packed winter. Rich in magnesium and fiber, this fig fruit can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried and is indeed one of the foods that are beneficial to our health.
In high season, from September to October in most of our regions, we find them everywhere. Are you crazy about it? Do you know how to store figs? Fortunately, there are several ways to save them without losing their flavor and enjoy them all year round.
Excellent to taste, ideally right after picking, but more likely after having bought it in-store, the fig, white or black, keeps very little time. Indeed, it is a very fragile fruit that spoils quickly. Its lifespan in the open air is estimated at a maximum of four days.
If you buy figs to preserve them to enjoy them all year round by concocting your favorite little dishes, then it is better to choose them neither too firm nor too soft. The lower part of the fruit must be well “healed” and clean, without any flow of sweet and translucent juice. Their skin should be compact and free from cuts.
The fig is a perfect food for our health because it is both low in calories and very rich in minerals and vitamin B. Similarly, a decoction of figs is recommended against sore throats, coughs, or dental abscesses.
he best-known varieties are white figs and purple figs. Delicious, therefore, but once picked, the fig can no longer ripen. It is therefore advisable to choose it well. To do this, you have to touch it and make sure that it remains supple and fluffy with a very firm tail.
Figs are eaten mostly plain when they are fresh, in pies or cakes, but they are also a good option as an accompaniment to white meat or poultry. It is also possible to make jam or compote, especially if the fruit turns out to be too ripe.
Here is a simple little jam recipe for a kilo of figs:
- After rinsing them, gently dry the figs with a tea towel.
- Peel them and cut them into pieces.
- Put them in a saucepan with 650 grams of sugar and depending on your preferences, why not enjoy the benefits of cinnamon or a vanilla bean.
- Let it rest for two hours.
- Put the saucepan on the heat and bring to a boil.
- Mix continuously for about 10 minutes.
- Finally pass the jam in jars.
- Close them and turn them over, putting them upside down for about ten minutes.
- Store the jam jars in a cool place, away from any source of light.
The refrigerator to store the figs
The refrigerator is of course an option, but unfortunately, the fig loses all its aroma thereby staying cold. If you still want to keep your figs in the fridge, you can wrap them in a tea towel to prevent other food smells from reaching them.
In this way, you will increase their lifespan by a few more days. Take the fruits out thirty minutes before consuming them so that they calmly find all their flavors.
Can you freeze fresh figs?
Freezing is the best solution if you want to consume your figs in any season. Here is the preparation to delight you all year round:
- Clean the figs.
- Cut them in half.
- Then space them out on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
- Then let stand 24 hours in the freezer.
- Thus frozen, you can place the figs in freezer bags and consume them whenever you want within six months.
To treat you all year round, here’s how to prepare your frozen figs to make a delicious pie:
- Heat your pan and place your fruit cut in half (see above).
- Add four tablespoons of liquid honey to it.
- Sauté for about 10 minutes, turning your figs from time to time.
- Finally, place them on your pie and bake for 10 minutes.
Warm or cold, it’s a treat!
To enjoy your figs out of season and throughout the year, you can preserve them. The recipe here again is not the most complicated. First, cook your ripe figs over low heat in water and powdered sugar to make a syrup. Then let them boil for about three minutes, adding lemon juice, and voila!
To finish the job, gently put them, without draining them, in sterilized jars to prevent the transfer of microbes and bacteria and pour in the syrup you used for cooking. Thanks to the acidity of the lemon juice, you can keep your figs for several years in a cool place, away from light.
Dehydration of figs is a very common practice in Mediterranean countries thanks to the climate and sunshine favorable to this activity. How to proceed? After cleaning them, you just have to cut your figs in half and let them dry patiently on a wooden or metal rack. Then, you have two options: dry them in the sun or the oven.
If you are so lucky, the easiest way is to soak up the sun by covering your figs with a tea towel and leaving them in the sun for three days in a row. Otherwise, your oven will do the trick as well.
After preheating it to 60 degrees C, place your figs on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper for 36 hours, leaving your oven parted. In both cases, it will be very important to turn your figs to finish the job in style. Finally, all you have to do is keep them in closed boxes at the bottom of the refrigerator.
What about prickly pears?
The prickly pear or “pear-cactus” is a fruit with a sweetheart, with a soft texture, originating in Mexico. It is part of the top food family because of its high content of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Difficult to store, the prickly pear can, in the best case, last two or three days at room temperature or in your vegetable drawer.