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The Beauty of Fresh Figs: Brazilian Fig Torte & Fig Avocado Salsa

Brazilian Fig Torte & Fig Avocado Salsa

Figs are coming into season here in Southern California, and trees all over the neighborhood are absolutely loaded with them. Aren’t fresh figs just gorgeous?

Here are two scrumptious fresh fig recipes to help you enjoy the bounty of these special fruits.

Fig Nutrition

Figs are high in natural and simple sugars, minerals and fiber. They contain good levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. Dried figs contain an impressive 250mg of calcium per 100g, compared to whole milk with only 118mg.

Fig Selection and Storage

Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly. In other words, they don’t ship well at all. When choosing fresh figs, select those which are plump and tender, have a rich, deep color, are free from bruises and are not mushy.

Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated, where they will remain fresh for approximately 2-3 days. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Figs are delicious out of hand, or used as a sweet binder in recipes like Raw Power Energy Bars. Now that it’s hot outside, figs are also a nice addition to any light, simple, summer dish, like these fresh fig recipes below.

Brazilian Fig Torte

Prep

Total

A naturally sweet, vegan dessert featuring figs, dates and Brazil nuts.

Ingredients

Torte

  • 4 cups Brazil nuts
  • 3 cups raisins
  • 1 cup figs

Frosting

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon rind
  • Pulp of 1 passionfruit

Instructions

Torte Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until they form a solid mass in the food processor (it should be very fine with the occasional chunk).
  2. Place mass on a plate and shape into a cake shape. You can use a mold if you want to. Have fun with the shape! You can use the end of a spoon or a chopstick to make nice fluted edges if you want. Wet the spoon if it starts to stick.

Frosting Directions

  1. If the dates are very firm or dry, let them soak in a little purified water for about 15 minutes to soften. Discard any excess water.
  2. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, then frost the cake.
  3. Decorate with lemon zest, nuts, fresh berries or passionfruit pulp.
  4. Enjoy!

Courses Dessert

Cuisine Raw, Vegan

 

Fig and Avocado Salsa

A light refreshing spread perfect for raw veggies, chips, crackers, and even on sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried figs or 3 cups fresh figs
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3 medium ripe avocados
  • 3 fresh jalapeños
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. raw honey (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Instructions

  1. Dice figs and avocados.
  2. Remove the seeds and then dice the tomatoes. (Try to make the fig, avocado and tomato pieces about the same size.)
  3. Remove the seeds and ribs, and then mince the jalapeños.
  4. Peel and mince the garlic.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, add seasonings, and stir gently.
  6. Refrigerate several hours to let flavors blend.
  7. Enjoy with raw veggies, chips or crackers!

Courses Side Dish, Condiment

Cuisine Raw, Vegan, Mexican

 

Figs are in season during mid to late summer. Here are two scrumptious fresh fig recipes to help you enjoy the bounty of these special fruits.

About the author

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.

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