FIGS are known as the "fruits of the gods."
The truth is that in ancient times they were indeed a symbol of abundance and aristocracy. However, this fruit also impresses with its incredible health properties. Figs have a strong detoxifying effect, are rich in minerals, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, iron and calcium. Of the vitamins in the composition of the figs- let’s say they contain quite a few including K, B1 and B6, extremely rich in calcium and are a natural remedy for high cholesterol. Figs are one of the sweetest fruits because they contain 55% natural sugar. The fruits are rich in iron and manganese, which makes them great for anemia.
* They have a laxative effect, especially if consumed fresh or dried in the morning on an empty stomach.
* According to folk medicine, the white juice secreted by broken fig leaves and twigs can cure warts.
* And last but not least - figs are a strong aphrodisiac.
Because figs are rich in potassium, they help regulate blood sugar. This is beneficial for people who are diabetic and have blood sugar problems. Also, people who eat more sodium may suffer from urinary calcium loss. The high potassium content in figs helps prevent this.
Because figs contain iron, they help fight anemia.
Make fresh figs into a paste and spread them on your face. Leave the face to rest for about 10-15 minutes and remove the slurry. It is useful for acne and other pimples.
Traditionally, figs have also been used to treat sexual weakness. To be curative, they should be soaked 2-3 in a glass of milk overnight and eaten the next morning.
Regular consumption of figs can reduce the risk of colon cancer. The fiber in figs helps to quickly remove waste in the body, which works well for the prevention of colon cancer.
The numerous seeds in the figs contain high levels of mucin, which collects waste and mucus in the colon and discards it. Fig leaves have amazing properties that help regulate your blood glucose levels. According to a study, the inclusion of fig leaves in the diet helps to control the rise in blood sugar after meals in insulin-dependent diabetics.
You can consume fig leaves in the form of tea. You can boil 4-5 fig leaves in filtered water and drink this as a tea. You can also dry the fig leaves and grind them to get a powder. Add two tablespoons of this powder to a liter of water and boil it. Voila! Your tea is ready!
Figs are a rich source of magnesium. Lack of magnesium in the body causes stress and irritability, which lead to insomnia.
Fig recipe to try:
What do you need:
2 kg large figs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Method of Preparation:
Toss the fig pieces with sugar in a pan and stir for about 15 minutes. Wait until the sugar dissolves and the figs become juicy.
Add the lemon juice and water to it and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Stew the mixture over medium heat until soft and pliable and a jam-like texture.
This process will take about 20 minutes.
Transfer the jam to jars and allow to cool to room temperature with the lids open. Store the jars in the refrigerator and store them for several months.
If you want the jam to last longer on a room temperature: Close the lids and sterilize/boil the jars for 10 min in a boiling water. When sterilized the lids -turn the jars upside down and leave to cool, then only it is ready to store on the shelves.
You can also Puree the figs and combine them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a healthy and fragrant homemade salad dressing.
Fresh figs are a great addition to salads, pastries and ice cream.
As figs are highly alkaline, you can mix them with other foods. This will not change their taste in any way.
Dried figs have a much higher sugar content than fresh ones, so you can chop them and add to desserts and other sweet dishes to add a touch of sweetness. Or you can make a homemade aromatic liqueur adding few ( normally 3-4)dry figs cut into slices in a bottle of brandy and leave it for 21 days(3 weeks) in a cool dry place while shaking the bottle few times a week. Then use a 20ml of the liquor adding to your cakes or take a table spoon half an hour before a meal as a remedy.
You should also be careful while consuming figs in large quantities, as they can cause allergic reactions ranging from vomiting to diarrhea and even itchy skin. People with sensitive skin or a history of allergies should avoid eating or applying figs to the skin.
Never eat unripe figs. They produce white latex, which contains compounds such as furocoumarins and 5-methoxy psoralen (5-MOP), which can cause severe allergies around the mouth and lips, which can quickly spread to other parts of the body.
I hope these few tips will help you to start enriching your days with the fruits of the gods 😊
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