Turkish Figs, to be exact! The health benefits of this ancient fruit are unbelievable! Dating back to biblical times, figs were served to kings and peasants alike. The ficus tree is where you will find these amazing fruits and they originate from the Middle East and parts of Asia. Full of much needed vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in order to stay healthy, figs are at the top of the mountain for antioxidants. This is vital when fighting disease and keeping the curses of cancer, urinary tract infections, and diabetes at bay, to name just a few.
Figs also grow in pairs and hang from the tree branch with a resemblance of men’s testicles. You guessed it! Figs are excellent in the fight of testicular cancers! Again, God shows us what foods to eat for certain parts of our bodies, if we will just pay attention! Full of powerful polyphenols, the good guys found in fruits and veggies that help protect against disease and aid in injury recovery, these chewy, sweet fruits are best served dried, as the health benefits increase when served this way.
Want another excellent reason to eat this not-so-pretty fruit? How about the essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamin K!? These life-sustaining minerals help keep your bones strong, your blood pressure on the lower end, and the vitamin K is vital in regulating blood clotting. All of this from a single, wrinkly, little fruit. Figs are also full of fiber so they help to keep the ‘ol system running smoothly and can also play a healthy role in weight loss by helping you fill fuller, longer!
Figs…they’re not just found in cookies! Who knew? Well…I kinda did, so I thought I’d share one of my all time favorite fruits with you, with a little insight to why it is important for you to keep them on hand as well. Turkish Figs are my “go-to sweet treat,” and one that I feel great about each time I eat this wonderful food. If you like apples and pears, then you will love the Turkish Fig!
Until next time, enjoy!
For my Tip of The Day video on these Turkish Figs, click here.