Paleo Foods: Figs

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Fig highlights

Figs are a sweet little Paleo-friendly fruit that can be enjoyed fresh from the tree during the summer and early fall months. Figs are perishable and should be eaten within a day or two of purchase. For the best fig selection, buy figs at the farmer’s market when they’re freshly picked, then eat them later that day or the next.

The skin color of a fig ranges from dark purple-dark to a light green-yellow color. However, the taste, texture and preparation will be fairly similar for all varieties. Figs are a great source of fiber, potassium and antioxidants.

Because figs are naturally sweet (they contain 20 grams of sugar per 2 figs), dried figs or fig paste can be used as a sugar replacement in certain baking or bar recipes. Caramelized or lightly roasted figs make for an excellent dessert, too!

Nutrition Details

NutrientAbsolute amount, per 2 large figs%DV, per 2 large figs
Vitamin A182 IU4%
Vitamin C2.6 mg4%
Vitamin K6.0 mcg8%
Niacin (Vitamin B5)0.6 mg2%
Vitamin B60.2 mg8%
Magnesium21.8 mg6%
Potassium298 mg8%
Manganese0.2 mg8%
Dietary Fiber3.8 g14%

 

Macronutrients Macros in Context

Here’s how 2 large figs stacks up in the context of a typical Paleo meal:

Blue bars show the typical range in grams for a Paleo meal. For example, a Paleo meal usually includes 30-60 grams of fat, but where you personally fall in that range will depend on your preference.

Orange dots show how 2 large figs fits into the typical nutrient profile of a Paleo meal.

Macros in Context - Figs

Buying it Buy It

  • FRESH OR DRIED: Dried figs are available year around (found in packages or in the bulk bin section); fresh figs are available during the summer and early fall months.
  • SELECT: Fresh figs should be plump and have a sweet smell, but not mushy. Figs are perishable, so should be used within a day or so of purchase.
  • VARIETIES: The skin color of a fig ranges from a dark purple-black to a light yellow-green skin. The flesh of a fig ranges from light pink to dark red.

 

Cooking with it Cook It

CARAMELIZE

Heat ghee or a cooking fat in a skillet over medium heat, then add halved figs. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until figs begin to caramelize. Top with cinnamon or salt.

SALAD

Add figs to a salad with mixed greens and a honey-sweetened salad dressing.

SPREAD

Make a homemade fig jam or chutney.

SNACK

Use dried figs (in lieu or addition to dried dates) in a snack ball or bar recipe.

 

Recipe ideas Recipe Ideas

Pomegranate and Fig Salad

Pomegranate and Fig Salad

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew

 

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