Legendary Dishes | Syka Xerá me Karydia (dried figs stuffed with walnuts)

GREECE | CRETE
One of the most nutritious snacks on the planet, dried figs with walnuts are among the reasons why the people of the eastern Mediterranean have low death rates and a healthy lifestyle. Artemis P. Simopoulos noted that the ‘diet of Crete or the traditional diet of Greece resembles the Paleolithic diet in terms of fiber, antioxidants, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and the ratio of fatty acids’. Stunningly simple, this snack can be eaten raw or cooked.
320 g (16) large dried figs
160 g walnuts, chopped or pounded small
15 g vanilla sugar
10 g cinnamon, ground
Water (optional)
Combine walnuts with the cinnamon and the sugar. Open the figs and stuff the mixture into the gap.
For the cooked version, place the stuffed figs in a small pot, pour water almost to the top of the figs, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Finish under a grill with a dusting of sugar, about two heaped teaspoons, leave to cool.

 

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