“Dwarf Figs”, from Zagros or “Mini-Figs”
Cultivated in the province of Fars, in semi-desertic conditions, at a high altitude valley in the heart of mountains of Zagros, in Persia.
Dwarf Figs are an ancient culture of figs that are growing without chemical treatment or fertilisers until complete ripeness. The variety is unique in aspect and taste. Many hours of sun guarantee a unusual aroma, with a unique rich taste with notes of cinnamon, delicate and sweet.
Fig trees are among the most ancient plants in the world. The fig has been always very appreciated since millennia. In ancient times the fig was an important food, cited in many texts.
The trees can reach a height of 30 meters and live up to 100 years! There are about 250 different varieties of figs, beautifying gardens all over the worlds, and especially our cuisine.
HARVESTING AND STORAGE
The harvest of figs starts at mid-august and finishes around end of september. Figs ripe naturally on the branches.
Nets are placed under the tree, so when the fruits fall, they are prevented to bruise and get dirty. Once picked, they are dried under the sun for a short period of 24 hours, and then stored.
Fresh figs, ones taken from the tree stay well only for a few days refrigerated. Especially in warmer climates, where production is abundant, finding ways for conserving fruits longer was a necessity. Sun-dried figs can be conserved for much longer periods.
The time needed to dry the figs add uniqueness to the taste and more aromas.
Figs are generous fruits because they are providing an abundance of carbohydrates, vital substances and enzymes that aid digestion. Plus they’re load with mineral salts, amino-acids and essential minerals.
A sweet food highly satiating, with around 250 calories per 100 grams! Figs sugars are easily available for the organism. Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, bromium and vitamin A. Figs are prescribed to fight colitis, inflammation and constipation. Very good for bone and teeth health, for good eyesight and to protect one’s skin. They’re also rich in polyphenols, a natural anti-oxidant that prevents the formation of cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
FRESH vs DRIED FIGS
100 grams of fresh figs have about 50 calories, whereas 100 grams of figs have about 250 calories! The fruit is composed by 80% water and 12% sugar. The sugars are very precious for the diet, in particular for children.
Dried fig has a higher nutritional value than its fresh variety. Why?
With the loss of water the fig becomes richer in sugars (glucose, saccarose and fructose) and vitamin C. By reducing its water content to 80% via sun-drying methods, the once fresh fig changed completely in its nutritional profile. The amount of fiber increases by 6 times. Also the amount of minerals is increased drastically, so much that 100 grams of dried figs are covering the daily need of calcium and 30% of iron!
CALORIES and NUTRITIONAL VALUES Comparaison
Give yourself the pleasure to try this delicious raw delicatessen foodÔÇª
a concentrate of natural bounty, charged with vital energy of the Sun from the mountains!