This little known fruit is rich in beauty benefits
Adam and Eve probably didn’t realize the many benefits of figs when they covered themselves-they had other worries in the Garden of Eden! >: )
As one of the oldest fruits enjoyed by humans, figs have a known history dating back to 9200 BCE in the Middle East. Part of the fig’s mythology was that it had medicinal properties, like building muscle, enhancing fertility, and increasing stamina. Figs were considered a valuable gift in ancient times because beliefs about these an other medicinal benefits. Figs are enjoyed in Mediterranean countries, a region that has one of the healthiest diets in the world. Mediterranean cultures appreciate the nutritional potential of the fig, with benefits which have been overlooked in North America.
Figs are being used today to hydrate skin and restore its elasticity and firmness. They also help prevent cracked lips and premature wrinkling. Figs have excellent hydration properties, since each has a water content of approximately ¾ of a cup.
Alpha Hydroxy acid (AHA) is used to refresh and brighten and is often used as an ingredient in skin exfoliation. Figshave natural AHA properties, and when ingested, behave somewhat like internalexfoliants. They also promote healthy digestion. This ancient fruit also contains ficin, an antioxidant enzyme more powerful than papain (the active ingredient in papaya) for its ability to repair skin and slow aging. Dried fruits consist of a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber has been shown to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) better known as bad cholesterol. Keep in mind that dried figs are high in natural sugars and should be used with caution if you have high blood sugar levels or diabetes.
Article written by Shelley Burns
CHEESE FILLED FIGS
·8 Large firm ripe figs, any variety stem trimmed, halved lengthwise.
·Extra virgin olive oil
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
·4 ounces (approx.) Camembert, Stilton, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Ricotta, fresh goat cheese or any of your favoritecheeses cut into sixteen ½ inch chunks.
·4 to 6 slices of prosciutto di Parma, cut into 1” ribbons, optional
1) Place the figs, cut side up, on a serving tray. Drizzle each fig with about ¼ teaspoon of olive oil, a few grains of salt and few bits of black pepper.
2)Gently push a chunk of cheese into the center of each fig. Wrap each fig in aribbon of prosciutto, optional . Serve and enjoy!
Optional:Figs may be heated to melt cheese and serve warm.
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