The health benefits of figs in general and of fig syrup in particular have been known for, literally, thousands of years. Early medical texts refer to its usefulness as an effective and palatable treatment for common ailments (many of which are still common today). As the years have gone by, scientists have taken more of an interest in investigating traditional remedies and understanding why they are effective. As a result, today, we can support its health benefits with scientific studies and explanations of exactly how its different properties are useful for different ailments. For many people however, it simply remains a store-cupboard health staple.
Figs have been around for centuries, and they are considered as important fruits in many regions. As such, they have been used to treat various body disorders across different cultures, for example, in Asian countries. Dried figs have one of the highest concentrations of polyphenols, a highly effective antioxidant. Fig syrup is just as good as the fresh and dried fruits if the right process was followed in preparation.
When you opt for the fresh fruit, you may have to wait until it is in-season and contend with the short storage period. The dried fruits may stay for longer even though they can occupy a large storage space if you want to keep a regular supply.
Several steps are involved in the production of fig syrup at Siroperie Meurens from sorting and cleaning the dry figs. They are then soaked in water before a special mixer chops them up. Then, the mixture is lightly steamed while careful tending helps to check its consistency and keep it from overcooking. This process is repeated several times to ensure that it gets to the right thickness.
The mixture will be sieved off and packed in storage containers ready for distribution. Typical syrup can last for about a month when stored in a cool, dry place without refrigeration. The syrup is mainly safe for most people and can be added to different types of foods.
Fig syrup is a healthy spread and can be used in place of maple and corn syrups. It can be baked into pies, cookies, and other pastries. Balsamic jam is a delicious fusion of honey and the syrup. Like dried figs, the solution can be used on granola and energy bars, fruit desserts and as a sweetening agent.
Surprisingly, figs are far more nutritious than some of the commonly used natural sweeteners like dates. Aside from food, the syrup can be added to shampoos and hair conditioners. The presence of zinc and copper helps to prevent hair loss and promote regrowth while it is also believed to be responsible for healthy hair.
People suffering from severe constipation can get relief from the syrup. It can also help to relieve colds and sore throats. Including the syrup on a regular diet can help to curb the development of cancerous cells. It is an excellent appetizer and can help to alleviate low oxygen levels in the blood and feelings of fatigue.
Fig syrup helps to fight some of the effects of high blood pressure especially because it increases potassium levels in the body. The fig plant contains chemicals that help to regulate blood sugar levels. Rich in calcium, the fruit extract can help to strengthen the bones, promote the growth, and prevent degradation. The syrup contains laxative properties and can be used to treat constipation.