Like the olive, the fig is Mediterranean, fleshy and full of sun.
The fig has great nutritional and energy value. It is useful for the elderly as well as for children, childbirths and athletes. It has laxative and emollient properties and promotes intestinal transit.
The fig is especially widely used for its medicinal virtues in treatments against pulmonary diseases, coughs, states of anorexia, blood circulation disorders, hemorrhoids, varicose veins; urinary tract problems, asthma, irritation of the windpipe and throat, and lowers the level of acidity in the digestive tract. To resist the cold, Mediterranean populations consume dried figs in combination with olive oil in the morning on an empty stomach in winter.
Dried figs come in different forms. They are stretched (figs pulled) or have an elongated shape (figs protoben), or are flattened and arranged in columns (figs lerida), or they are separated from the tail (figs layer). All are whitish. It is generally a natural aspect: it is the sugar that rises to the surface of the dried fig.
Nutritional value of dried fig (100g)
- Calories (kcal) -249 * Fiber (g) -10 * Fat (g) -1 * Protein (g) -3 * Sugar (g) -48 Vitamin A (IU) -10 * Vitamin C (mg) -1.2 * Vitamin B1-0.1 * Vitamin B2-0.1 Vitamin B6-0.1 * Sodium-10 * Potassium-680 * Calcium-162 * Phosphorus-67 Magnesium-68 * Iron-3.07 * Manganese-0.8 * Copper-0.3 * Selenium-0.6 * Zinc-0.