March 2, 2021 by D.Fathia
Updated March 2, 2021

Fresh or dry figs: what to settle for

 Fresh or dry figs: what to settle for

Figs are one of the sweetest fruits to taste. They are ranked on top of summer fruits, especially in the Mediterranean regions where fig trees are abundant. The early morning picked fresh figs are mouthwatering.

The sad thing is that those soft fruits do not last long. They easily and quickly deteriorate. Yet, drying fruits comes to the rescue as the most suitable solution for those who cannot get enough of the fresh fruit.

Those who are not very familiar with the two varieties or those who do not know the importance of both ones would certainly ask such queries:

Are fresh figs better than dried figs? Can you substitute fresh figs for dried figs? Is it healthy to eat dried figs? Can you eat all of a fresh fig? What are better fresh figs or dried figs?

Nutritional values of raw and dried Ficus carica:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 100 grams from each variety of figs contains the following nutrients:

Raw figs

Dried figs


74 kcal

249 kcal


0.75 g

3.3 g


0.3 g

0. 93 g

Dietary fiber

2.9 g

9.8 g


16.26 g

47.92 g


35 mg

162 mg


0.37 mg

2.03 mg


17 mg

68 mg


14 mg

67 mg


232 mg

680 mg

Vitamin C

2 mg

1.2 mg


6 mcg

9 mcg


4.7 mg

15.8 mg

Vitamin A

7 mcg

0 mcg

Beta carotene

85 mcg

6 mcg

Lutein and zeaxanthin

9 mcg

32 mcg

Vitamin K

4.7 mcg


There are minor differences between the two varieties. The dried ones might have a bit higher sugar contents than the raw ones; they also lose a few of their vitamin contents, but they maintain all other nutrients and with a significant increase as they become concentrated. They both contain beneficial compounds for health.

Fresh or dry figs: what use?

Dried figs:

Did you know that people make a drink out of dry figs? Well, I’m pretty sure that most of you have no idea about this. Actually, it is a discovery for me too.

If you run out of wine and you are desperately looking for something special to drink, then you can try dry fig juice. It is not like any other juice; it is something similar to wine just with an exotic taste.

Choose a few sweet dried fruits, wash them, and put them in a glass jar, then pour water. Seal it tightly, and leave it for a couple of weeks. The more they stay drenched, the better it tastes. This vintage drink can earn its place on your table easily.

The dry variety can be eaten as snacks at all times. They are sweet and self-sufficient. But they can be incorporated into various dishes and can make a great addition to many recipes. One of my all-time favorites is granola. This mix is a sweetheart. The combination of dried fruits, nuts, dry figs, and honey is a morning favorite. It can be a snack too if you want something healthy to defeat your hunger with minimum calories.

They can also be added to cakes, cookies, and all kinds of baked goods. You just need to think out of the box, be creative, and try new recipes. Don’t think twice, they will definitely work out great.

Fresh figs:

These might not be as versatile as their dried counterparts. Their moisture might not be suitable for any recipe. Enjoy them as desserts as much as you can because they terrific fruits. Add them to your fruit salads and even to vegetable salads if you like the exotic taste.

They cannot be used in all baked goods because they will ruin things with their water contents. However, they can be used in pies or for garnishing cakes; they will add such a beautiful look.

Most frequently asked questions about these dried fruits:

Are fresh figs better than dried figs?

You can’t really pick a side when it comes to comparing these two. Each variety is good enough on its own. Each variety has a specific list of uses. Each variety leaves a certain pleasure in the mouth and drives our sense crazy.

Fresh figs are loaded with nutrients and relatively low in calories. They are safe to consume in a frenzy if you wish so. But be careful to keep your appetite under control. Dry figs, on the other hand, are high in sugar and calories. You need to pay more attention to your daily intake of these dried fruits. Keep your consumption moderate.

Is it healthy to eat dried figs?

It is definitely healthy to eat dried figs. They are loaded with antioxidants, iron, potassium, and calcium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber. Consumed in moderation, these dry fruits have no bad effects. On the contrary, they are beneficial food for the body, providing the necessary nutrients and possibly preventing bad health conditions.

Can we eat dried figs at night?

Why not? All times are suitable to eat two to three dried figs. The best time, however, would be the morning. A morning intake of these fruits provides you with the necessary energy for the whole day. They also prevent constant hunger. They would keep you going all day long.

You can also have two or three pieces at night if you feel like you need something sweet. They substitute unhealthy choices. They will make feel full quickly and thus prevent you from a night food party that would turn out a disaster for you. They are easily digested and hence you will not face issues when sleeping.

If you are still confused and can’t make a decision on what to choose fresh or dry figs, then you should admit that you can’t favor one at the extent of the other. They are both equally delicious. They both have their terms of use. So quit the comparison and enjoy their taste.


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