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How to Have Figs at Home: Dulce de Higos

Posted in: Living in Ecuador

dulce-higos-sweet-figs-ecuadorOver the past few months, we’ve been talking about figs in Ecuador.

There are higos con queso (figs with cheese), fig empanadas and even fig chocolate bars.

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.

ecuador-figsHow 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?


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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

4 comments… add one
  • RG Aug 16, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Bryan, that’s a lot of sugar at 64 grams per serving. We only need 45 to 55 grams a day to stay healthy. If you are at the borderline or pre diabetic, it could harm you in the long run consuming this.

  • Diana Aug 16, 2014, 11:50 am

    We have preserved figs in most South American countries. We have them in Colombia, my country and I, too, love them! I buy them here in FL at any latinamerican supermarket.

    • Bryan Haines Aug 16, 2014, 12:12 pm

      Nice. In our small town in Nova Scotia, we hadn’t seen anything like this before. Now, I’m in heaven!

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