Are you worried about the appearance of your skin? Figs are rich in nutrients that build and maintain healthy looking skin. The nutrients include B-complex, vitamin-C, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are all essential nutrients for boosting and rejuvenating the skin’s health. Figs contain high amounts omega-3 fatty acids which helps to keep skin moisturized and conditioned.
Rubbing fresh figs on your face and allowing it to dry can help cure acne.
Fig leaves are also used is used for skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo (loss of pigment color). The milky sap from the tree is used to treat skin tumors and warts, when applied directly to the skin.
Research with the chemicals found in the leaves of the fig tree reports that a tea made from fig leaves could help use insulin more efficiently and reduce insulin requirements in people with type 1 diabetes. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels after eating (WebMD).
Let’s enjoy the healthy benefits of figs as well as their natural sweetness with our featured recipe: Grilled Figs and Eggplant Salad with Blackberry and Fig Dressing. Here is what you will need.
1 small eggplant, sliced
1 cup fresh blackberries
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
4 cups mix tender leafy greens (can mix spring greens with some spicy greens)
1/2 cup goat cheese
1/3 cup pecan pieces
1 jar Bella’s Blackberry and Fig Balsamic Dressing (3 to 5 tablespoons each plated salad)
The eggplant we used is a long narrow purple and white Asian eggplant. According to Grow Organic, they are a “new” eggplant on the garden scene, though it is a much older Asian variety. They are long and narrow, and come in a variety of colors including white, purple, magenta and green (Grow Organics).
Slice the eggplant into 1 inch slices, and cut the figs into two.
Next place a piece of tin foil on to a BBQ grill, and heat BBQ until hot.
Place figs and eggplant on to hot grill, and turn after 2 minuets.
After turning you should hear the figs make a pop noise (skins are bursting slightly), about 1 minute, then remove from grill and set aside.
Next, per plate add two hand fulls of leafy greens. Top with grilled eggplant, figs and blackberries. Next sprinkle on cheese and nuts. Now splash 3 to 5 tablespoons of balsamic dressing (about 1/4 cup or 2 ounce). You can purchase the dressing at your favorite market if available, and if not, you can find it at the Whole Foods Market.
The number of eggplant and fig pieces, including berries you place on each plated salad will determine how many salads you will be preparing.
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