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Organic Dried Mountain Figs

Few plants have accompanied man in his joys and sorrows as far back as the fig tree. Native to the Middle East and Mediterranean, the fig tree is of the first plants to have been cultivated by man and features in sacred texts and myths across civilizations. Of all the countries in the world, Turkey is the leader in the production and export of dried figs.

  • Dried Fig Cultivation
  • The Aegean regions of Aydın and Izmir are to figs what Belgium is to chocolate. And that is where our figs are grown, with no pesticides or fertilizers. For an even greater guarantee of quality, we collect our figs from trees on mountain slopes rather than valleys, as valley figs are more vulnerable to worms and fungi, and may exhibit a sour taste
  • Our figs are harvested by hand in September every year, then dried in the sun, and are free from Sulphur and hydrogen peroxide. To ensure that the drying process is carried out properly and to reduce the likelihood of toxins, exporter union rules provide that dried figs can only be exported at the end of September or beginning of October. When insects enter the fig fruit, they become impossible to detect unless the fruit is opened. Our farmers therefore hang insect traps from the tree branches before the fruits ripen. To guarantee an utmost cleanliness, we also fumigate our figs. Unlike other suppliers, however, we do not use Methyl bromide, a highly toxic compound, or any other chemical agent for fumigation, but rather CO2.
  • Benefits of Dried Figs
  • Whether fresh or dried, figs offer the same health benefits. Dried figs have the added benefit of being a concentrated source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, with one serving providing as much as 20% of the daily fiber recommendation. Soluble fiber in figs nourishes the friendly bacteria in the colon leading to a healthy microbiome, which has been linked to a strong immune system and good mental health. Soluble fiber has also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, moves unchanged through the digestive tract and has a protective effect on blood sugar levels while at the same providing a feeling of satiety, a perfect combination for achieving weight loss aims. Insoluble fiber in figs also cleanses the intestines and protects them from disease.
  • Not only are dried figs unparalleled sources of dietary fiber, they also provide powerful antioxidants which can protect against cell damage caused by free radicals. Dried figs are also rich in several essential minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. While manganese and calcium play an important role in bone health, magnesium helps maintain nerve and muscle function, and potassium helps to counteract the effect of excess sodium ingested from processed foods and contributes to cardiovascular health.
  • A surprising feature of mulberries is their protein content. A serving of 100g of dried mulberries provides 43 calories and is about 12% protein, which makes them a significantly greater source of protein than other berries. The combination of protein and fiber content in dried mulberries generates a feeling of satiety which makes them both nutritious and filling snacks. The fiber in mulberries can also help regulate digestive function and protect the colon from disease.
  • Turkish dried figs are a world-famous delicacy due to a distinctive sweet taste which no other figs can provide. Their texture is soft and moist and they can be eaten in a variety of ways. As snacks, their natural sweetness offers a healthy way to satisfy a sugar craving, while at the same time giving a much-needed energy boost to people leading an active lifestyle. Indeed, one serving of 100g of dried figs provides about 209 calories, and their iron content helps the body produce hemoglobin and supply the working cells with adequate oxygen. Unless one suffers from a condition which requires restricting sugar intake, it is safe to eat dried figs as part of a balanced diet.
  • How to Use Dried Figs
  • Dried figs are good to include in both savory and sweet recipes. They can be chopped and added to salads and rice or pasta dishes. They can add a sweet flavor to breakfast oatmeal or cereal. They are also a delicious ingredient in baked goods like cakes, muffins or biscuits and give a unique flavor to bread. They can be served with cheese to make a distinguished appetizer platter.
Quality



● Extra Class
● Class 1
● Class 2
● Industrial

Available As

● Whole Natural
● Whole Lerida
● Whole Protoben
● Whole Garland
● Diced Figs
● Fig Paste

Certifications

● NOP Organic
● EU / EC Organic
● COR Organic
● Kosher
● Halal

Did you know?

The fig tree features prominently in many religious traditions. The Jewish Torah and Christian Bible relate that Adam and Eve used the fig leaf to cover themselves in the Garden of Eden. The fig tree is also mentioned several times in the parables of Christ as recorded in the Christian gospels.

The tree is not only valued in the Judeo-Christian tradition, however. One species of the fig tree is held as sacred by Hindus and Buddhists, and the Buddha himself is said to have achieved enlightenment under a fig tree.

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