Consumer Lifestyles Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I add figs to my diet?
Count 1/2 cup of California Fresh Figs as one of your 5 or more daily servings of fruits, and you add 4 grams of dietary fiber, 380 milligrams of potassium, 75 milligrams of calcium, and 1 milligram of iron, to say nothing of an abundance of antioxidants for just 120 calories and a very tasty snack.
Where can I find California Fresh Figs?
Consumers are much more familiar with dried figs, but recent introduction of California Fresh Figs into the produce sections of some major supermarkets and grocery stores has brought a new dimension to the fruits available there. With a season that runs from May to December and offers a variety of colorful options from dark purple to creamy amber and pale yellow, fresh figs are just very hard to resist.
What should I look for when I buy fresh figs?
Look for fresh purple- to black-skinned Black Mission and brown- to black-skinned Brown Turkey Figs from June to December and serve them often with the pale yellow-skinned Calimyrna and creamy amber Kadota Figs during the mid season. Select firm ripe figs of all varieties, but do not be deterred by some scarring that occurs when the leaves rub against the figs as they grow and ripen.
Fresh figs are very perishable and should be kept refrigerated, even at the store. At home, they should keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. They are very easy to freeze, so stock up for those months when they are not available. Just wash firm ripe figs, arrange on baking sheets, and freeze. Then, store in sealed plastic bags in the freezer for up to six months, removing just the number needed each time.
Are California Fresh Figs good to cook with?
California Fresh Figs are so delicious, they can be integrated into almost every course for family meals or used to add flare and elegance to any party or guest meal, too. Fresh figs not only add taste and excitement to almost every course of a meal, but they can come to the table at breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between times, too.
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