April 2020 Fig Focus Newsletter

Traditional Hot Cross Buns Recipe with Dried Figs
Celebrate Easter by baking this traditional hot cross buns recipe. Dried figs add a chewy sweet bite in the tender old fashioned hot cross buns recipe.
Fig Traditional Hot Cross Buns by Trang Doan

Easter Baking: Traditional Hot Cross Buns Recipe with Dried Figs

If you are not a big fan of raisins in a traditional hot cross buns recipe, then these Fig Hot Cross Buns are going to put a smile on your face. These slightly sweet buns are extremely soft, spiced with cinnamon and loaded with chopped Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs. Serve them for Easter or better yet serve them anytime you want delicious dinner rolls!


Passover Side Dish: Fig, Almond & Mint Quinoa Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
Quinoa Fig Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette by Emily Paster

Passover Side Dish: Fig, Almond & Mint Quinoa Salad with Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

South American superfood quinoa has become a favorite in the U.S. in recent years and a trendy Passover side dish. Earthy quinoa combines with sweet Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs and crunchy almonds – both foods that are especially symbolic in Jewish tradition. Tossed with mint and a sweet-tart lemon honey vinaigrette. Here’s how to add this superfood to your Passover dinner menu.


Make gourmet grilled cheese at home with easy balsamic fig jam. When you make grilled cheese with mayo the bread gets golden and crisp.
Balsamic Fig Jam Grilled Cheese with Mayo Recipe & photo by Annelies Z

Get Figgy on National Grilled Cheese Day

This year, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rumiano Cheese to get ready for the cheesiest day of the year: National Grilled Cheese Day! As the oldest family-owned cheese company in California, we will be highlighting their cheese and our Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Dried Figs in two grilled cheese sandwiches that will make you reach for your skillet! Tune in on Instagram to enter for a chance to win cheese and figs! As we are all shopping our pantries, fridges, and freezers for meals, stay tuned for more fig recipe inspiration, cooking hacks, and easy meal ideas on Facebook.


Fig Health Benefits

Do you have a question about dried figs and health benefits? Email us at info at valleyfig dot com and we might feature your question in an upcoming Fig Focus.

Q: I’m allergic to milk and milk products, so I’m always looking for other foods containing calcium. I know figs have some calcium; what can you tell me about the amount?

A: It may surprise you to know that when you eat a half-cup of figs you get as much calcium as when you drink a half-cup of milk. Needed for strong bones and teeth, calcium is often lacking in diets. A 3.5 ounce (100g) serving of figs provides 133mg calcium and the same amount of low fat milk contains 142mg calcium.

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