Figs

Luscious, smooth & crunchy

Figs are available throughout the year, fresh or dried and are one of the most beloved fruits in Greece. They range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending upon their variety, which are more than one hundred and fifty.

Fresh figs have a unique taste and texture. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. In Greece you can enjoy them from mid-summer to early autumn.

Dried figs can be enjoyed throughout the year and they are a result either of exposure to sunlight or of an artificial process, creating a sweet and nutritious dried fruit.

Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure, as well as a good source of dietary fiber. Figs are also a fruit source of calcium, a mineral that has many functions including promoting bone density. In addition, figs are a good source of manganese and vitamin B6.

In ancient Greece, figs were a staple foodstuff in the traditional diet. They were held in such esteem that there were created laws forbidding the export of the best quality figs.

Figs are a culinary delicacy par excellence. Enjoy fresh or dried figs with goat cheese and chopped almonds as an hors d’oeuvres or dessert, or use fresh figs to make delicious a jam.

The figs of Vravrona Markopoulo are of Protected Geographical Indication.

MLGFB Tip:

How to Pick & Store figs

Fresh figs:

  • They are one of the most perishable fruits, so purchase them only a day or two before eating.
  • Look for figs that have a rich, deep color and are plump and tender, but not mushy.
  • Keep figs in the refrigerator where they will stay fresh for about two days, arranged on a paper towel-lined plate or shallow container. They should be covered or wrapped in order to ensure that they do not dry out.

Dried figs:

  • Make sure that they are still relatively soft, free of mold, and have a mellow, pleasant smell.
  • Keep them in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator.
  • Wrap them well so that they are not over exposed to air and become hard or dry.

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