Posted on Nov 15, 2012 in Food Facts

“Every fruit has its secret.
 The fig is a very secretive fruit.
As you see it standing growing, you feel at once it is symbolic :
And it seems male. But when you come to know it better, you agree with the Romans, it is female.
 The Italians vulgarly say, it stands for the female part ; the fig-fruit : The fissure, the yoni, The wonderful moist conductivity towards the centre.”
~ Except from “Figs”, a poem by D.H. Lawrence

Of all fruits known to man, figs are perhaps the most suggestive of a certain treasured part of the female anatomy. Indeed, they offer unparalleled gustatory euphoria with its amber, honey-like sweetness and intriguing texture.  Figs are not only deliciously sensuous, but  they also confer wonderful health benefits to those who enjoy them.

For thousand of years, figs have not only nourished us, but has intertwined with the sacred, mythological, and even philosophical traditions of humanity.

Here are a few facts about figs to delight you:

  • The edible part of the fig tree is actually not a real fruit, and not quite a flower.  It is known as a syconium, or a false fruit. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a syconium is:
    the multiple fleshy fruit of a fig in which the ovaries are borne within an enlarged succulent concave or hollow receptacle. (Wow, sounds rather erotic!)
  • Ancient drawings of figs have been found in the Pyramid of Giza.
  • It was grown in the Hanging Gardens of Nebuchadnezzar.
  • The fig is the first fruit mentioned in the Torah, and is eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu b’Shevat.
  • It is mentioned many times in the Bible; the first appearance being in Genesis.  Adam & Eve used fig leaves to cloth themselves after the Fall.
    (Some biblical scholars consider the fig to be the real forbidden fruit, and not the apple.)
  • Siddhartha Gautama attained complete Enlightenment while meditating under a Boddhi tree, which is an ancient fig tree known as ficus religiosa.
  • Pliny of Rome (32 AD – 79 AD) said, “Figs are restorative.  They are the best food that can be eaten by those who are brought low by fatigue, long sickness and are on the way to recovery, including sexual recovery.  They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles.”
  • Both fresh and dried figs contain good levels of the B-vitamins.
  • Dried figs are an excellent source of calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium, and zinc.
  • Figs are a great source of fiber, which helps with regularity, and detoxification.
  • Fresh figs, especially black mission figs are packed with antioxidants.
  • The milky juice of the freshly broken stalk is a topical remedy for warts, and blisters.

Fresh figs come into season for a short spell at the beginning of summer and then for a longer period towards the end.  Both times seem all too fleeting for those who like to indulge in this succulent delicate fruit.  Luckily, dried figs are available year round and fairly easy to find.

Here’s a great site for more information on how to get organic dried figs from California:


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