Is it possible to freeze figs for long-term storage
Fig is an ancient cultural plant,preferring a subtropical climate. Its fruits are called wine berries. As they mature, they become sweet, juicy, pear-shaped apples filled with small seeds.
Fresh figs are delicious in a special way, and in dried it becomes even sweeter and gives a feeling of satiety.
To ensure that the berry does not lose its qualities, it is necessary to store it correctly.
Ripe figs in fresh form are not easy to keep. He has a thin skin, and the fruit is very tender. Therefore, it easily lends itself to fermentation and quickly deteriorates. The figs do not like transportation. For transportation only immature fruits are used, not having time to gain sweetness and taste. Such berries should be placed in a sunny place before ripening - for example, to spread them on the windowsill. But there is no guarantee that they will become soft and juicy.
Ripe fresh figs are available where it grows: in the Caucasus, in the Crimea, on the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar Territory.
If you managed to get some fruit somewhere, recently ripped from the tree, you should take into account that at room temperature they can not be stored: in less than a day, fermentation processes will start.
The best place to store fresh figs - fridge, namely - compartment for fruit. Before you put the fruit there, you need to check the temperature: to keep the figs a week or two, it should not rise above one degree of heat.
Dried figs contains four times more protein and sugar than fresh.
For drying, choose a light fruit. They have golden skins and white flesh. The size of the fig is about five centimeters in diameter. It is generally accepted that small fruits are more delicious than large ones.
The shoots dry in the sun for three or four days. Then they should be placed in a container and covered with a lid.
Choosing dried figs, you need to consider such moments:
- Quality fruit has a beautiful amber or dark matte shade;
- white coating on the surface of the fig is glucose, the excess of which appears outside. Such fruits are very sweet;
- on the figs there should be no dark spots. Fruits with such a defect can not be preserved, since they are already slightly spoiled;
- a good fig is slightly soft to the touch. If it is too hard, it means that the fruit is over-dried;
- Figs should be slightly flattened and approximately the same in size.
It will not hurt to take a sample. The taste of quality figs is sweet. If it turns out to be sour, it means one of two things:
- figs were not properly stored;
- For drying, low-grade raw materials were used, most likely, stale.
Quality dried fruit can be storeda few months. The fig prefers low humidity and temperature. In other conditions, it becomes damp and attracts pests. Therefore, the fruit is placed away from sunlight and moisture.
So, to store the figs we choose the roomdry and cool. Fruits can be put in canvas bags, load them into glass jars and cover. It is not forbidden to simply lay figs in a container with lids that fit snugly.
Before consumption, the fruit should be washed and soaked for about twenty minutes in warm water. Then they will become mild, more nutritious and will be absorbed by the body without problems.
But pour boiling water on figs is not recommended, because then it will lose a significant amount of vitamins.
Figs can be baked, cut into pieces andpour cream or sour cream, liqueur or lemon juice. Fruits are saturated with sugar and calories, so they can quickly overcome fatigue and be filled with strength. It's very good if they are always present in the house.