Super fruits - Figs
Figs contain the anti-cancer agent benzaldehyde, healing enzymes, flavonoids and a particular natural chemical, ficin, which starts the breakdown of proteins and improves digestion. Figs are a rich source of iron, potassium, betacarotene, fibre and energy and throughout Asia are revered as one of the most aphrodisiac of foods.
Buddhists, Hindus and even the Romans regard the fig as a sacred tree and extracts of the fruit, leaves and bark are important in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. The earliest Olympians consumed masses of fresh figs for strength and stamina and for modern day athletes, fresh or dried; they provide instant energy, calcium for your bones, potassium to ward off cramp and lots of healthy fibre.
Grilled Figs With Goat Cheese
This is the simplest and one of the healthiest of sophisticated desserts - or, if you wish, serves as a starter. Who cares? It/’s delicious whenever you eat it. The sweetness of the figs goes brilliantly with the slight sourness of the goat cheese. And the honey gives it a wonderful golden glaze.
8 ripe fresh figs
225g / 8 oz semi-hard goat cheese, not the very soft spreadable varieties
Runny honey for drizzling
Halve the figs lengthwise.
Cut the goat cheese into approximately 1 cm (half in) slices trimmed to fit on top of the figs.
Put into an ovenproof dish. Heat the grill to its hottest.
Put the figs and cheese under the grill for about 2 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
Drizzle over the honey to serve.
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