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Fresh Things Video: What do Figs and Wasps have in common?

Hi I’m Chef Dan with FreshPoint, and well, I offered to shoot this video only wearing a fig leaf, but…well, you’re welcome…

(Thanks Dan!)

So figs and wasps have a unique relationship. Why is that?

Well the fig tree isn’t pollinated by bees like most other crops. It’s actually pollinated by the fig wasp. Even more unique, is a fig tree doesn’t have blossoms. It’s one of the only plant products that don’t produce a flower and then produce the fruit. In fact, the flowers are on the inside of the fruit. All the hundreds of seeds on the inside are actually the flowers coming in.

 

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These crunchies are not the seeds, they are the flowers!

 

Figs can be used as a fat substitute in baking goods; in fact the first recorded use of figs in a commercial product was in 1892. Guess what it was? Yeah, it’s my favorite…it’s the Fig Newton. They hold a lot of moisture, so you can replace the fat for a healthier baked good. Consider marinating them with a little balsamic vinegar, putting them on the grill, and serving them with a little goat cheese and arugula for a great summer salad.

Click the link below to watch the video version.

 

 


 

Content provided by Daniel Snowden, the Director of Culinary Development for FreshPoint Central Florida. He has been in the produce industry years almost 20 years, and loves getting geeky about food. Follow FreshPoint Central Florida on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

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