Monthly Archives: May 2007

Figs

Some things you might not know about figs:

  • There are about 800 species of figs.
  • The ‘fruit’ that we eat is not a fruit, but actually a collection of flowers called an inflorescence.
  • These flowers grow on the inside of the ‘fruit’.
  • Each species of fig is usually pollinated by its own species of wasp in a symbiotic relationship.
  • It is thought that figs could be the oldest cultivated crop (preceding wheat and rye by up to 1000 years).
  • Figs have a higher quantity of fibre than any other dried or fresh fruit.

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