Everyone these days knows about pairing prosciutto with melon but few people seem to know about another, tbut how about pairing: Prosciutto Wrapped Figs. The richer flavor and softer texture of figs marries even better with the saltiness of cured ham.

What is it about figs?  Some of us who grew up in Italian or Italian American families can attest to the fig having a large presence in our lives.  Whether remembering the restraint it took to wait for Nonno and Nonna to give the okay to finally pick the plump fruit directly from the trees, or the memory of savoring every delicate bite of this sweet, honey-filled fruit. (june-Sept).

The history of the fig tree dates back to ancient times.  They were considered sacred, and were a common food source for the Romans.  Figs are one of the oldest fruits recognized by man, and are believed to be the first plant ever cultivated by humans.  Not only are figs exceptionally sweet but they are also remarkably nutritious. They are high in potassium, iron, fiber, calcium and contain many antioxidants and flavonoids.  They even contain protein and are just as nutritious, fresh or dried.

Ingredients:makes 4 time 10 minutes

Cut the figs in half and place a piece of mint leaf on each fig half. Wrap the prosciutto around each fig half, covering the leaf. The ends of the prosciutto should overlap.
Lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper. Serve cold.