An emblem of Mediterranean fruit, the fig is a summer fruit that ripen between June and August.
Nutritional value of figs
Figs do not have as many calories as many tend to believe: when fresh, they only have 57 kilocalories per 100 grammes. The fruit is rich in minerals and is a good source of trace elements, with a high content of B vitamins.
There are three categories of fig:
- green (or white) figs, such as the Dalmatian fig;
- grey (or red) figs;
- black (or violet) figs, such as the violette de Solliès fig.
Purplish, whitish or green, you can assess a fig's ripeness by checking the suppleness of its flesh. When sound and fleshy, with a firm stem, it is perfectly ripe, tender, smooth and delicious. It has been grown for thousands of years.
The fig is a typically Mediterranean fruit that is rich in minerals. © Wikimedia Commons