I often feel confident with ancient foods. I feel they have stood the test of time. The seven basic agricultural products, called 'the Seven Species', are listed in the Bible. They are wheat (not the modern hybrid variety), barley, figs, grapes, olives, pomegranates, and dates. You can not help but notice that most of these foods are considered live foods.
Figs, one of the 'Seven Species', are frequently mentioned in the Bible. The remains of dried figs have been found from as early as the Neolithic period in Gezer, Israel and in the Jordan Valley. Dried figs were often strung into a chain or pressed into hard round or square shaped cakes called a develah and stored as a major source of winter food. The blocks of dried fig were sliced and eaten like bread. I am thinking that would make it the first gluten-free, vegan bread!
During the winter months, we all naturally seek out earthy, grounding foods that sustain us. That would be the wonderful, biblical dried fig. Highly alkaline, it's high in non-dairy calcium, concentrated minerals and the B-complex group of vitamins. The soluble fiber of the fig can attach to carcinogens that trigger cancer and flush them from the body. Scientists suggest eating plenty of dried figs to fight prostrate cancer.
Here at Diet For Living Center we like to start our day off with this natural detox food. I make it into a jam to be eaten on Our Raw DateNut Bread with raw coconut butter. Goes great with our fresh made beet cucumber juice. Vegan, Gluten Free Local YUM!
Our Mighty Raw Fig Jam is soooo easy to make!
1. Soak blond figs in fresh spring water over nite
2. Drain figs, cut off stem, and feed through the Omega Juicer with the blank on
3. Collect the pureed fig in a glass bowl.
4. Add a touch of raw agave, ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest
5. Stores in a Ball jar in the fridge for up to a week!
The best to your health!