The Fig Leaf. Edible and Insulin Lowering.

fig leaf

I received an interesting email from my dad, Russell, today regarding fig leaves and diabetes. This is what his said:

“An Insulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes: You probably do not think about the leaves of the fig tree as one of fig’s edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu, and for good reason. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect.”

Frankly, I didn’t even know you could eat a fig leaf. While I love the fruit of the fig tree, I find the leaf itself rather prickly.

In addition to these recipes:

http://honest-food.net/2008/04/14/sykomaitha-greek-fig-cakes/

http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2007/10/squirrel-3-me-1.html

http://honest-food.net/2008/04/21/quail-with-wild-fennel-and-fig-leaves/

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Apricots-Baked-in-Fig-Leaves-Martha-Stewart?columns=5&position=1%2F36

You can also dry them to use as a tea. Apparently it’s delicious, but I haven’t tried it myself as of yet.

this is from yahoo: “Fig leaf tea helps support proper insulin response.  Researchers in Spain have shown that fig leaf tea can help maintain proper insulin levels.  It can easily be made using 2 teaspoons of dried cut leaves. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the leaves, cover, and let the brew sit for 10 to 15 minutes before drinking. Drink 1 cup each morning at breakfast.”

Soon, I’ll have to try it. =D

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