Brown turkey, Kadota, Calimyrna, Celeste, Magnolia, Mission and Adriatic may sound like unusual names but these are actually some of the more popular varieties of figs. There are probably hundreds of variants of this unusual fruit, whose appearance is similar to that of an inverted flower. Each fig variety has its own unique color and flavor, but they all have one thing in common. Figs are nutritious, deliciously sweet and they are a known cure for a number of illnesses.
Figs are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, iron, calcium and magnesium. These fruits also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, and B6. Vitamin B6 is particularly useful in lowering your blood cholesterol.
In addition, figs are good antioxidants, they help regulate the functioning of the intestines, they are great blood cleansers and finally, they are beneficial for the liver. When you are at the gym, a pack of dried figs as a snack can be consumed as an alternative energy booster. Fresh figs have a short lifespan, though. They only last for about a week after the fruits are harvested so the fresh variety should be cooked right after purchasing.