Ecoficus is a Spanish family-owned company, specialised in making delicious delicacies based on organic figs since 2003. The farm is located in the region of Cáceres, in Extremadura, located just outside the ancient village of Almoharin. This is where the Moorish population planted many fig trees centuries ago. Almoharin is still surrounded by fig trees and is known worldwide as the city of figs.
The grown figs are called Calabacitas: 'little pumpkin'. Spanish figs are known as appetiser figs, candy figs or baby figs, because of their soft casing, small size and honey-coloured, thin skin and sweet taste. They are packed with complex carbohydrates, are a source of iron and rich in dietary fibres, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They are very suitable as an appetiser, healthy snack or processed in dishes. Figs are often combined with blue cheese, because of the excellent match with the savoury, specific taste of the cheese.
In 2008, the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and the Biodiversity Foundation awarded Ecoficus the 'Organic Food and Biodiversity' Award.
Ecoficus grows the little Calabacita figs organically and then lets them dry in the sun. Some products from the Ecoficus range are fig chocolates, fig cake and fig snacks, including orange, raisins, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Of course, it also includes 'ordinary' dried figs. This way, snacking can still be healthy!
1 Turkish bread
2 fresh, ripe pears
4 dried figs
200 grams of blue cheese, mild or spicy
50 grams pecans
2 tablespoons of honey
Cut along the checkered lines of the Turkish bread. However, do not cut the bread, so that it remains one piece. Put the bread in a round, iron cake form so you can easily pick it up and take it off the barbecue. This way, the bread does not burn as quickly or fall apart. Peel the pear and cut it into pieces. Cut the fig in four and put the pieces of pear and figs in the Turkish bread where you cut into.
Crumble the blue cheese on and around the pears and figs. Break the pecans into pieces and sprinkle them all over the bread. Now, pour the honey on the bread to your taste and, if you prefer, some salt and pepper. You can now place the cake form containing the bread on the barbecue for about 15 to 20 minutes. When all the cheese has melted, it's ready and you can eat it right away. Serve a nice, fresh salad with it.