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Figs for Stimulating Your Desire

Updated on May 6, 2010

The fig tree is the symbol of abundance, fertility, and sweetness. It has been held sacred in all countries of Southwestern Asia, and in Egypt, Greece, and Italy. The fruit is thought to be the first known food dating back to 9400-9200 BC.

Figs were a favorite of Cleopatra's. Pliny, the Roman writer said, “Figs are restorative. They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles.” That's enough to have me diving in for some more of this delicious fruit!

This fruit has also been mentioned in almost every religion genre’ from the Bible to the Quran and considered to be one of the foods that will be found in paradise. It's the most mentioned fruit in the Bible from Genesis onward. They are used in Pagan offerings to the Gods and Goddesses in fertility, love, and abundance spellwork.

Rich in iron, figs are a great natural energy booster. they also contain more calcium, and more potassium than many other common fruits. Dried figs contain an impressive 250mg of calcium per 100g, compared to whole milk with only 118mg. They will give you natural energy boosting benefits that will play out very well for a night of romance.

Nothing is a more powerful erotic act than a man breaking open a fig and eating it in front of his lover. Better yet, break open a fig and feed each other. The dense, sweet flesh, coupled with their unique crunchy seed, and creamy texture is pure decadence to savor.

Figs go well in baked goods, with meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and other fruits. Serve Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fresh Fig Sauce for a sensual entrée, or try this scrumptious Moist Fig Cake for a tantalizing dessert.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Fresh Fig Sauce

Ingredients:
2 Pork Tenderloins
Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste
Sage
2 Tablespoons Butter
3/4 Cups Diced Red Onion
6 Tablspoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
16 Fresh Figs, cut in wedges

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large, ovenproof saute pan to medium high and drizzle with olive oil. Rinse tenderloins and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sage. Brown tenderloins on all sides. Roast tenderloins in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees. Remove tenderloins from oven and tent with foil.

Add 1 tablespoon butter and the red onion in the same pan that the tenderloins were browned. Saute until softened and lightly browned. Add the balsamic vinegar and scrape up the bits off the bottom of the pan from the tenderloin. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce reduces by half. Stir in remaining tablespoon of butter, thyme and about 3/4 of the figs and heat the sauce just through. Slice the tenderloin into thin medallions, top with the sauce and a few of the reserved figs.

Moist Fig Cake

Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups packed Light Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ground Allspice
1/2 Cup melted Butter
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
3 slightly beaten Eggs
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
1 cup Fig Preserves
1 Cup chopped Pecans

Instructions:
Heat oven to 325°. Spray a Bundt cake pan with baking spray. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl; add butter and oil and beat well. Add eggs and beat until well blended. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in preserves and chopped pecans. Pour into the prepared baking pan; bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

When cake is done, allow to cool a bit and flip over onto a serving platter. Pour buttery Caramel sauce over the top for the perfect finishing touch.

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:
1 Cup of sugar
6 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions:
Heat sugar on moderately high heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. As the sugar begins to melt, stir vigorously. As soon as the sugar comes to a boil and becomes a dark amber in color, stop stirring and add the butter. Stir until butter is melted and remove pan from heat. Slowly add the cream, stirring constantly. Note than when you add the butter and the cream, the mixture will foam up considerably, that is normal. Continue to stir until the caramel sauce is smooth and then drizzle over Fig Cake. Serve immediately with your favorite coffee or other beverage.

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      Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Thank you Patti Ann! Send a piece of that scrumptious cake :) Or, at least let us know how it turned out for you!

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      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      Another great hub - rated this one up! I never realized that figs had so much calcium - love your cake recipe - I just put the ingredients on my shopping list.

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      Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hi Don! Yes, they are a great natural energy booster! Thank you for your kind words. This was actually a really quick hub to put together. Some of them can be confounding to find the right information on though!

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      Don Simkovich 8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      So figs are a great natural energy booster? Wonderful. I never thought about figs related to eroticism. Nice Hub. Did it take you long to research it?

    • HappyHer profile image
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      Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      You're welcome. I plan on baking another fig cake soon, they are so yummy and nutritious, my favorite mix!

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      rls8994 8 years ago from Mississippi

      Thanks for all the great info on figs. Never knew all this. That fig cake sounds wonderful. I will have to make that soon!

    • HappyHer profile image
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      Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      You're welcome! I hope your recipes turn out delish.

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      billyaustindillon 8 years ago

      I now know a lot more about figs and have some great recipes with figs to try, thanks for sharing :)

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      Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      BK, you'll have to let me know how your's turns out. It's really easy for a "from scratch" cake.

      G, Thanks! I would love to have a fig tree! The weather here in Cleveland isn't best for that. Enjoy those fresh figs for me :)

      Mark, Thank you. I want some of G's fresh figs :)

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      markbennis 8 years ago

      Wow! What a cracking hub here Happyher, your knowledge of the fig is wonderfully written, I am now wanting a fig to eat. I will definitely be on the look out the next time I visit a supermarket, Mmmm I want a fig!

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      GPAGE 8 years ago from California

      WOW! HH! You finally gave me ideas for my FIG tree! I have been sitting here for years trying to decide what to do with them. I always give them to my dear friends who stuff them with cheese.....I'm not really into it, but the fig cake sounds perfect for me! Thanks for the history 2...who knew howw much power these little fruits have? ha

      I should of put a pic of my fig tree in my Zen Garden hub...maybe I will add when it is full of fruit.....G

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      That fig cake sounds excellent - how I wish I had some right now. I will put this on my shopping list. Excellent!

      Thanks so much!

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