29 2019 Mar

Friday 29th March 2019

FIGS. Figs have fed the masses for before history. Figs probably came from somewhere in Asia. Nevertheless, the Ancient Egyptians gloried in their flavour, so too the Romans, the Arabs and just about anyone else you can think of. They are a fair source of potassium, calcium and vitamin C, niacin and riboflavin. They have MILD laxative properties, but don’t expect to get your exercise by trotting to the toilet.

Personally I simply cut them up and drop them into soup – either hot or cold – or serve them with cheese or beside a cooked filet of fish. But if you feel cheated if I don’t give you a recipe, here’s a simple, quite easy one.

Cut the figs in half lengthways and put them, cut side up onto a heatproof plate or a piece of foil. On top of each put a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of sherry. Sprinkle with a little coriander, or if you prefer, cinnamon. Pop them under the griller for about 5 minutes then serve hot.

Use them as a dessert or serve them as an accompaniment to fish or meat.

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