I have a beautiful fig tree in my yard planted by my late mother-in-law. For some reason, I have never ate a fig from that tree. Or any fig tree for, that matter. I'm odd like that. I have been known to consume Fig Newtons, if that counts for anything.
My mother has picked figs off the tree in my yard and made fig preserves once or twice but I have never been inclined to do that either. I don't know why.
Well, today I turned over a new (fig) leaf. And I am smitten.
First, a little education for the fignorant among us. (me included)
Now for some seriously interesting nutritional information about figs:
-they have the highest overall mineral content of all common fruits.
-figs are an excellent source of potassium
-they may help to control blood pressure
-figs are also high in calcium, which protects bone density
-the fruit is also a source of iron, vitamin B6 and the trace mineral manganese
-figs are one of the most perishable fruits and must be eaten within one to two days of harvest.
So, after I have studied up and tasted the former forbidden fruit of my past, I guess I'll learn to make some fig preserves for those long winter days when it's just me and the Mister. Romantic, huh? Just don't count on me walking around adorned with fig leaves, honey.