Fig in Sugar Syrup with Chili Pepper and Stevia


White figs 68%
Brown sugar
Steviol glycosides
Lemon juice
Lemon peel
Chili pepper
Category: The Good Preserves

Additional information

Source areaMount Somma -(NA)/ Cilento area (SA) - Italy.
Nutritional IntakeThe fig is completely sodium-free, but five times richer than banana in potassium. Good content of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, iron, cobalt and boron. Modest quantity of iodine. The fresh fruit is rich in vitamin A, B1, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C. Good presence of fructose, glucose, sucrose, sorbitol and maltose, soluble(β-glucan) and insoluble fiber, with antioxidants like tannins, clorogenic acid and its derivates.
Period of transformationFrom the second week of August to the first week of September
TriviaAccording to Plutharc, the fig was a symbol of knowledge and truth, and had a sacred value. The word sycophant derives from the fig tree fruit (from Greek sukon, “fig”, and phanein, “to show”), nickname for those who reported fig robberies from consecrated gardens.
Source areaGermania
Nutritional IntakeStevia Rebaudiana is a herbaceous plant known for centuries for its sweetening power, thanks to the presence of dipertenic glycosids like stevioside (3-10% dry weight, which gives the typical licorice taste), and rebaudioside A (1-3% dry weight)concentrated in the dried leaflets 200 times sweeter than common table sugar (stevioside, in particular, is 200 times sweeter and rebaudioside is 250 sweeter than common table sugar). On the market, steviol glycosides are usually mixed with a natural polyalcohol (erithritol), with sweetener function and neutral flavor. Stevia is a powerful anticariogenic, with very low calories and perfect for diabetics; it can resist high temperatures without degrading and assume hypoglycaemic and hypotensive features when consumed in considerable quantities. Unlike table sugar, stevia is not a refined sugar: it is obtained by the crystallization of hydroalcoholic extracts released by leaflets during the water processing. Calories indicates on the label actually derive from sugar added for shelflife necessity. A product that contains Stevia as added sweetener should expire in less than six months.
Period of transformationThe period of use fits the availability period of fresh fruit used for the final product.
TriviaThe first information concerning this plant dates back about to 1850: it was used as sweetener by indigenous people of Amazon area of South America. The name “Rebaudiana” derives from the Paraguayan chemist Rebaudi, who extracted the first sweetening agent from the plant. Stevia has been used as sweetener in Japan since the 1970’s.