Friday, October 10, 2008

Fit to Eat

There are hundreds of varieties of this tiny fruit, but their nutrients remain largely the same. Compared to other fruits, the fig contains copious amounts of iron, potassium, and magnesium. It has nearly two grams of fiber per bite-sized fruit, and a half-cup serving contains as many milligrams of calcium as an equal amount of milk.

Abandon the forgettable blandness of the dried fig, and opt only for the fresh variety. The downside: fresh figs appear on early summer for a few short weeks, and later in the season of a longer, but still all too brief, spell.

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