The sweet, luscious and juicy flesh of a fig makes it one of the most erotic fruits during the ancient times. Legend has it that figs were the favorite fruit of the sexiest and powerful Egyptian woman in history, Cleopatra. Southern Europeans gifted figs to newlyweds to symbolize fertility. It was also believed that one of the most risqué acts is for a naked man to eat a fig in-front of a woman as the fruit, when split in half, looks like a vagina.
Based on the tales and legends associated with the fig, some historians actually consider the fig as the true forbidden fruit.
Whether or not you are eating figs to be seductive, figs are actually very nutritious as they are among the most effective antioxidants. This Valentine’s Day, mark a sweet ending to a lovely dinner by combining the aphrodisiac powers of figs with the sultriness of honey.
6 fresh figs, quartered and stemmed
½ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup sugar
A full wheel of Brie cheese, about 4 inches in diameter
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Dissolve the sugar in water over medium heat. Let the syrup reduce a little and then switch the heat to low. Split the vanilla bean and scrape off the flesh. Add the flesh into the syrup and toss in the vin.
Add the figs to the vanilla-sugar mixture and let it cook until soft. Add the walnuts.
Place the Brie cheese in a baking dish. Remove the vanilla bean from the fig mixture. Pour the caramelized figs over the cheese.
Bake the cheese for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.