Origins:      Turkish

Shriha is the Moroccan Arabic word for dried figs. They may also be referred to by their French equivalent, figues sèches.

In addition to being enjoyed as a snack food, dried figs are used by Moroccans in baking, cooking and in the blending of fruit juices and milk shakes. In some areas, dried figs are ground into a meal and eaten by spoon in the same manner as a cereal or sellou.

As with other dried fruits, shriha are nutrient-dense and very healthy. They are high in fiber, potassium, manganese and Vitamin B6 and are also a source of protein and carbohydrates. They contain phenol, an antioxidant, and may be beneficial in treating diabetes, constipation and in lowering cholesterol.