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.

Botanical Information

Family: Moraceae

Scientific Name: Ficus L. ( the common edible fig is Ficus carica L. )

Etymology: Ficus is the Latin for fig (you get that with very old plants).

Uses: Figs can be eaten fresh or dried. Fresh figs don’t travel very well, so unless you are lucky enough to have your own tree, you can usually only buy dried figs.

History: Figs are an ancient plant and are mentioned in the Bible and the Qur’an.

Another species of fig is the Indian banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) that is considered sacred. It represents eternal life because of its seemingly ever-expanding branches.

33 thoughts on “Figs

  1. i am doing a school prodject (not for public viewing) would it be ok if i used the figs picture in the project? I know I need to ask because we’ve been learning about copyright.

    Thanks,

    Dan
    Cowbridge Comprehensive School
    Wales

  2. I wanted to about figs, and i thank botanicalfeast.com for giving such an simple yet effective explanation. And it’s very true that figs are hardly available as fresh fruits!!!

  3. Health & Nutritional Benefits of Eating Figs
    The rich potassium content of figs helps to maintain the blood pressure of the body.
    Figs are rich in dietary fiber, which makes them very effective for weight management program.
    Even leaves of the fig plant have healing properties. Eating fig leaves helps diabetic patients reduce the amount of insulin intake.
    Consuming figs helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
    Calcium and potassium present in figs prevent bone thinning and help to promote bone density.
    Tryptophan, present in figs, induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleeping disorders like insomnia.
    Eating figs relieves fatigue and boosts memory power.
    Drinking fig juice helps to soothe irritated bronchial passages.
    Consumption of figs with milk cures illness like anemia.
    Due to their laxative effect, figs are helpful for treating chronic constipation.
    Daily consumption of soaked figs (2-3) is an effective remedy for curing hemorrhoids or piles.
    The soluble fiber, called pectin, in figs helps in reducing blood cholesterol.
    When applied on skin, baked figs can cure inflammations like abscesses and boils.
    Due to their high water content, mashed figs act as a very good skin cleanser and help in preventing and curing acnes and pimples.
    Figs are rich in calcium and are excellent calcium alternatives for people who are allergic to dairy products.
    Consuming figs also helps in aiding digestion and taming various stomach and bowel-related problems.
    The juice obtained from green figs is effective for softening and treating corns.
    Figs promote the overall well-being of an individual and are excellent aphrodisiacs.

  4. can any one tell me from where it can be get and aslo tell that what we ask figs in urdu languages ? please urgently tell if anyones konws about.
    thank;s

  5. I’M FROM HAWAII AND WE HAD A FIG TREE OVER OUR CESSPOOL AND DID IT EVER PRODUCE YUMMY AND LARGE FRUIT…WE ATE THEM FRESH AND ALSO IN A BOWL WITH CREAM OVER THEM….

    I JUST PICKED SOME HERE IN MESA ,AZ. AND THESE FRUIT ARE SMALL AND FAIRLY SWEET BUT NOT AS SUCCULENT….I’M LOOKING FOR A RECIPIE TO USE THEM IN….LAST TIME I DRIED THEM AND THEN USED THEM GRADUALLY IN CHUTNEYS…YEARS BEFORE, SOMEONE GAVE ME SOME SMALL GREEN ONES WHEN WE WERE IN WASHINGTON STATE AND I FROZE THEM FOR ABOUT A YEAR BEFORE CLEANING OUT MY FREEZER AND MADE THEN MADE THE MOST DELICIOUS FIG CHUTNEY OUT OF THEM…ALOHA.

  6. I was given this fruit to help the digestive system of my autistc child. I been amazed with Safdar intake. I really appreaciate it. thanks great post.

  7. Thank you for the information provided. It is said to be best for piles as well. Could you tell me what it is called in Nepal? Because it seems like it is not produced over here…

  8. This post is educative, i am one of the lucky people then, i have this tree in my house but only recently i discovered this plant is eatible and medicinal too. i also just learnt that it is called BORE in Hausa language in Nigeria.

  9. Pls were can I get this fig fruit in nigeria I am from the northern part of nigeria also what is the name in hausa thanks

  10. Please am a forester am so much interested in fig tree.Please can it grow in Nigeria,and how can one get the seed.Thanks i love the post.

  11. I am interested in buying fig cuttings of many variaties. Contact me if you would like to sell please. I am from Kuching Sarawak.

  12. Thanks a lot for the post… What’s this fruit (figs) called in Yoruba (Western part of Nigeria) and how can one get it???

  13. I am a student of kebbi state university of science and technology Aliero, Nigeria.irtrested on a project topic: on the effectiveness of latex of ficus sycomorous gnaphalocarpa,what are the author reference sites to contact?

  14. How do I get this fig fruit in Kaduna state Nigeria or any neighboring northern state. Any one with information should help pls…

  15. I appreciate this post. I learned it is good for infertility. Can anyone help me with it Yoruba name? (Banyan)

  16. I appreciate this post. I learned it is good for infertility. Can anyone help me with it Yoruba name (Ficus benghalensis-Banyan tree)

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