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Recently, I have developed a love affair with fresh figs. I was inspired to try them after reading the recipe for Fresh Fig Canapes from Mommypotamus. I had never tried them until this summer and now I love them. They are wonderful. Since I live in Colorado, finding fresh figs is sometimes tough, but my Costco has been carrying them regularly, so I have been buying them there.
Fresh figs have a very unique texture, which is one of the things that makes them so much fun to eat. They are sweet with a soft, slightly chewy skin and a ton of crunchy seeds. California figs (the ones that I get at Costco) are in season June through September.
European varieties will have a later season but will be much more difficult to find. They are full of dietary fiber and are also a great source of potassium and manganese. Potassium is a mineral that helps control blood pressure. Studies have shown that increasing your intake of natural potassium (through fruits and vegetables rich in the nutrient) can have a dramatic effect on lowering blood pressure.
There are many different ways to prepare figs, but one of the simplest and most delicious ways is with this simple appetizer. Great for a quick snack or a last minute dinner party.
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Fresh Figs with Cheese and Walnuts
- Fresh figs, fully ripe
- Soft cheese of your choice – cream cheese, goat cheese, mascarpone, etc.
- Maple syrup or honey to drizzle
- Chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice)
Trim off the stem of the fig and slice in half. Place a small scoop of soft cheese into the center of the fig. Place a few chopped walnuts on top of the cheese and drizzle with maple syrup.
Sometimes You Just Need a Good Snack!
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