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The Amazing Fig

Known as the “fruit of the Gods”, figs are native to the Middle East and are quite popular in Mediterranean cuisine. The fruit from a fig is actually an inverted flower that blooms inside a fleshy structure. Figs are a good source of fiber and potassium and can be eaten fresh or dried. Dried figs are often chopped and added to salads, grains or other dishes.

  • Figs date back 80 million years! There are over 750 known species of figs.
  • A serving of 3 large, fresh figs has 140 calories and 5.5 grams of dietary fiber.
  • Fresh figs contain about 25 calories per ounce whereas fig cookies contain about 110 calories per ounce.
  • Almost 100% (98%) of the supply of figs in the US come from California.
  • A 3 ½ oz. serving of dried figs gives you 162 mg of calcium, which is 16% of the Daily Value.
  • Figs do best in hot, dry climates like the Mediterranean.

Kitchen hacks for figs:

  • They are delicious when sliced in quarters and eaten fresh.
  • They can be served on green salads and go particularly well in an arugula salad.
  • They are delicious served with berries or any fresh fruit.
  • You can use them to top plain yogurt.
  • You can put them on pizza!
  • Add them to grilled veggies for a delicious treat.


Try this personal simple salad with greens and figs then make it disappear!


  • 4 cups fresh seasonal greens (farmer’s market or local food store)
  • ½ cup micro greens: pictured are garlic and radish microgreens (optional)
  • Light spray of olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste (we love the chocolate one with the figs)
  • 1 cup sliced figs
  • 3 olives sliced
  • Burrata cheese to taste


Toss the salad together and serve immediately. It helps to put the figs on top after tossing so you don’t mush them

Chef’s Tips:

Many other friends can join or replace figs in this salad. Consider berries like strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries, too.

DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any action.

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