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Orange Honey Balsamic Glazed Figs with Ricotta (Gluten Free, Dairy Free Option, Autoimmune Option)


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I love figs. Every year, I patiently wait until late summer when fresh figs start showing up in my health food store’s produce section. I’m not sure what it is about figs that I love. I don’t like dried figs — only fresh. It must be that they are one of the produce items that we literally cannot get year round. They truly are only available, at least here in Colorado, when they are in season. California figs are in season from June through late September. They start showing up on grocery store shelves here in mid-to late July most years.

The taste and texture of fresh figs are nothing less than unique. I think the texture is one of the things I love. The flesh is soft, but the seeds are super crunchy. Figs are an excellent source of potassium and calcium, as well as dietary fiber. I did not know that fig leaves are sometimes used for culinary applications and they are actually helpful for diabetics. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods:

The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect.

Figs are not very shelf-stable, so when purchasing fresh, you need to use within a day or so. You want to select figs that are rich in color, plump and tender, but not mushy. Fully ripened figs (a rich, dark purple hue) will have the most antioxidants. Store them in the fridge.

Fresh figs have a multitude of uses, from fresh to cooked. Two of my favorite ways (besides this delicious dessert recipe) to eat figs are:

This dessert is so simple to make and tastes amazing. It’s perfect for after a summertime meal and won’t leave you feeling overly full and weighed down from dessert. If your don’t like ricotta, you could use yogurt, sour cream, crème fraîche, or even vanilla ice cream would be heavenly.

 

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Looking for more delicious fig recipes? Here are some from around the Web that look delicious!

Balsamic, Ricotta & Fresh Fig Gelato from Whole Foods on a Budget

Fresh Fig & Gorgonzola Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette from Whole Foods on a Budget

Bacon Wrapped Figs with Honey and Almond Butter from Taylor Made it Paleo

Sticky Fig Bars from Taylor Made it Paleo

Marinated Fig Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts from Brooke’s Kitchen

Seared Sea Scallops with Fig Balsamic Glaze from She Cooks, He Cleans

Fall Fig Crumble from Sarah Lynn Smile

Fig and Grapefruit Cheesecake from A Girl Worth Saving

Chocolate Figs from Mango y Sal

Pumpkin Pancakes with Toasted Figs and Warm Maple Syrup from The Adventures of Pip

What is your favorite recipe for figs? Leave a comment below!

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food nut, coconut everything enthusiast, avid reader and researcher, blossoming yogi, and animal lover. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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