Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Figs are one of the oldest fruits known to humans. They originated in Asia and then spread across the Mediterranean with the Greeks and Romans. Nutritionally they are loaded with minerals such as zinc, manganese, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6 – all of which play an important role in supporting reproductive health. Figs also contain a lot of iron, which are important for healthy eggs and ovulation.
Fully ripened figs as well as dried figs are packed with antioxidants. Figs contain a good amount of fibre so are helpful in weight loss and weight management programs and they are great for a snack too as they help people to feel full. Being of a healthy weight is important when it comes to fertility for numerous reasons (we will explore this area in more depth in a further article). In relation to male fertility, figs have been shown to increase the motility and number of sperm.
Roasted figs with natural yoghurt, honey and chopped walnuts(makes 2 portions)
4 large figs washed and halved
1 tbsp runny honey
200g Greek yoghurt
Handful of chopped walnuts
How to make
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 356 F
Place the figs on some baking paper on a baking tray cuts sides up and drizzle with honey.
Place the tray in the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Serve immediately in bowls with Greek yoghurt, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
Why not also enjoy some fresh figs:
• In a salad
• As a dessert poached, with yoghurt, crème fraiche or ice cream.
• Dried figs – as a snack between meals