Figs are useful in various respiratory disorders including whooping cough & asthma. For maximum benefit, soak 3 dried figs in water overnight in a covered glass container. The figs will soften & break down. In the morning, drink the water & eat the soaked figs on an empty stomach. The nutrients will quickly enter the bloodstream to help support the respiratory system, increase immunity & prevent asthma attacks.
Fig jam is a perfect way to preserve a surfeit of this seductive fruit The added touch here, beyond the fruit, sugar and lemon juice, is the small amount of balsamic vinegar, which intensifies the sometimes elusive flavor of the figs This jam is wonderful stirred into plain yogurt.