June 20, 2021 by D.Fathia
Updated June 20, 2021
Fig and olive oil
Personally, I hate summer. I cannot tolerate the scorching heat and the sweat. I have always favored winter and cold rainy days. Still, I wait for summer because it brings along one of my all-time favorite fruit.
Figs ripen during summer. My family owns a mesmerizing orchard full of fig trees. And this fact makes me tolerate summer just for a while until I consume as many as I want of fresh green and black fluffy and mouthwatering sweet fruits.
Summer also offers the opportunity to make and reserve dried figs. The scorching sun rays of July and August are the perfect way to dehydrate these fruits.
This article will explore some of the benefits of these delicate fruits, plus a sneak peek into our long-standing traditions of fig and olive oil.
How do figs help you lose weight?
People usually look for natural ways to lose weight. Some would say that there are fruits and organic products that can help you in this endeavor. If you are asking does consuming figs results in weight loss, then my answer is there is nothing scientific about any claim in favor of figs. However, if you are asking how do figs help you lose weight, then I might have an answer for you.
Figs might help you in your effort to control or lose weight in two ways. First of all, these fruits are high in dietary fiber; fiber helps you to quench feelings of hunger. If you have a handful of fresh or dried figs on breakfast, probably you won’t even feel the need for a snack as usual.
If you cannot give up on your snack then make sure you go for a few dried figs. They are sweet and will definitely make you feel full for longer. You will not feel the need to eat as much as you used to do. They will help you decrease how much food you consume and hence keep your weight under control. They are a perfect solution to increase satiety.
Second, figs are rich in copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and potassium. These nutrients are very likely to make your metabolism work faster; thus, burning more calories than usual.
However, dried fruits are generally higher in calories than fresh ones; therefore if you are snacking on dry figs make sure you do not exceed the limits as they might tempt you to do so.
Fig and olive oil
Weight loss and health benefits are some of the advantages of consuming dried figs. Their benefits are actually much more than these. To reap the benefits of these fruits for as long as you wish here is an effective way to preserve them for year-round use.
When the fruits are perfectly ripe, remove them, wash them and make sure you wipe them gently using a piece of cloth. This is necessary to get rid of any dust or insects clinging to the fruits.
Cut the fruits open and then all you have o do is leave them under the sun for at least a week. Once they are dried nicely, soak them in olive oil. You can either take them out shortly or preserve them in a sealed container or you can preserve them soaked in oil.
The taste of fig and olive oil is worth trying. Take it from someone who has been consuming this since childhood, they are incredibly delicious and fulfilling.
There is another way to preserve figs. Leave them on the branches until they change color and start losing their water contents. Then harvest them, clean them as you did the first time, and then leave them to dry intact. In this way you don’t have to open the fig, it will dry just fine and they are tasty too.