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How to make dried figs at home (and the properties of the fruit)

Dried figs

How are dried figs made? Here is the perfect recipe to preserve these fruits even after the summer: excellent for enriching cakes and desserts!

Dried figs are perfect for enriching sweets and desserts , natural, caramelized and enriched with walnuts or almonds. Obtained by drying the ripe fruit, they can be prepared not only on an industrial level, but also at home. In addition they are rich in mineral salts such as magnesium, iron and potassium and vitamins of group A, B and C, as well as an excellent idea for storing figs for a long time

Let's get to work (but don't rush ) with the preparation of dried figs!

Dried figs
Dried figs

How to make dried figs in the oven

  1. Start by washing the figs, cleaning them carefully and dabbing them with a clean cloth. Cut them in half lengthwise without dividing them completely.
  2. Transfer them to a tray covered with parchment paper and place them in the sun, remembering to turn them over a couple of times throughout the day. Cover with a net to keep the insects away and let it dry for 2-3 days . Remember to put the figs in the house every night.
  3. After three days, fill them with toasted walnut kernels and grated lemon zest. Transfer onto a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes to obtain a nice brown colour.

Store figs in an airtight container or vacuum bag for a few months.

If you are looking for other sweet recipes , we cannot but recommend the fig cake !


If stored correctly, in a cool, dry place away from sources of light and heat, homemade dried figs can also be kept for several months and up to 1 year . We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

Dried figs: properties and calories

Unlike fresh fruit, however, dried fruit is much more caloric . Those freshly picked from the tree provide an average of 75 kcal per 100 grams of product; instead, for dried figs the calories rise to 270 kcal (for the same quantity)!

In any case, the sweetness, due to the sugary substances present in them, makes them unsuitable for those suffering from diabetes .

Being 13% made up of fiber, they are excellent for those suffering from constipation . Rich in enzymes and mucilages, they help digestion .

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