According to the USDA, figs seem to decrease our appetite. One raw fig has about 40 calories, no cholesterol and no fat. They contain Vitamin A and C, calcium, potassium and magnesium which all have beneficial effects on our heart health. Japanese researchers have discovered that figs contain a natural chemical called benzaldehyde that has tested so effective in fighting cancer that it has been added to several medications in Europe and Japan. Full of fibre they sure beat a bowl of All-bran!

Health accolades aside, fresh Figs just taste damn good. They’re in season now (Autumn down under) and teamed with a good blue cheese – they’re ‘figgen’ fantastic.

To spruce up a salad, add quartered figs to a salad of fennel, rocket and shaved Parmesan cheese. Or for a classy canape, stuff  fresh figs with goat cheese and chopped almonds.