Over the past few months, we’ve been talking about figs in Ecuador.
A few months ago we found preserved figs at Supermaxi. They come in a small 550g container and are amazing.
I didn’t realize that they were mass produced. I naively thought that each restaurant was making their own.
Preserved and Spiced Figs
The figs shown in the photo are preserved in panela (unrefined cane sugar) and canela (cinnamon). The panela has a great flavor of it’s own and the cinnamon adds a nice spice.
How We Prepare Figs At Home
Here’s how we enjoy figs at home.
We often eat preserved figs with a bowl of fruit or on the side with some pancakes.
But my favorite way is to serve a couple of figs with a dollop of unsweetened, homemade yogurt. The sweet fig and tart yogurt offers a great contrast. It is very similar to figs and cheese – but with a tart twist.
Dena has been making yogurt at home for many years. We use the Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker. By letting it work for a full 24 hours it actually makes the yogurt completely lactose free.
We never saw figs like this in Canada. Well, not in whole form. We grew up on Fig Newtons – but that was the extent of my fig consumption. Here in Ecuador we have lots of options for fresh and preserved figs.
Do you like figs? What’s your favorite way to prepare them?