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Q: Why should I buy fresh versus dried figs?

A: If you have a chance to enjoy a fresh fig, go for it!  Because fresh fruits are so fragile and only last about a week after harvest, approximately 90% of the world’s crop is sold as dried. Fresh figs have a more delicate texture than their chewier dried counterpart, although both fresh and dried figs are delicious and nutrition powerhouses. According to the USDA, 3 – 4 medium fresh figs (1/2 cup) provide 120 calories, 5 grams of fiber (20% of the Daily Value), 354 mg potassium (10% of the Daily Value) and 53 mg calcium (6% of the Daily Value).

Check out Spotlight on Taste for tasty tips to enjoy both fresh and dried figs. For more about figs, visit Nutrition 101!

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Jill Kwasny

Registered Dietitian