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Apparently I missed national fig week. Oops! Confession: I don’t think I’ve ever had a fresh fig. One more item for my bucket list… I do, however, enjoy dried figs. I like them straight-up for snacking or used in snack bars or granola recipes.

A quarter cup of dried figs has 295 calories (dried fruits are high in calories and sugar), 124 mg of calcium, 3.45 g of protein, 3.7 g fibre, 2.96 mg iron, and 631 mg of potassium. Basically, when you dry a fruit you’re concentrating all of the nutrients (save for the water soluble), both the good and the less desirable.

One large (64 g) raw fig has about 47 calories, 1.9 g fibre, 22 mg of calcium, 148 mg potassium, 1.3 mg vitamin C.

Fig recipes I want to try:

Lemon-Fig Jam

Many of these recipes from Martha Stewart.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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