|Fig Tree Pic from the Getty Villa in Malibu - beautiful garden!|
Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh figs. California figs are available from June through September; some European varieties are available through autumn. (More.)
|Stockphoto / Ivan Mateev|
A few tidbits to think about (More.):
- The fig tree was mentioned prominently in The Bible (some scholars even think the forbidden fruit picked by Eve was a fig rather than an apple), but it has been around much, much longer. Sumerian stone tablets dating back to 2500 B.C. record the usage of figs.
- Thought to be the sweetest fruit, figs are also one of the oldest fruits recognized by man. Ficus carica, known to us as the common fig, originated in northern Asia Minor. Spaniards brought the fig to America in 1520.
- The fig tree can live as long as 100 years and grow to 100 feet tall, although domestic trees are kept pruned to about 16 feet.
- In Greek mythology, the fig figures prominently as a gift of Demeter to Dionysus and as having received the blessing and sanctity of the Greek Gods. Plato documented that Greek athletes at Olympia were fed diets of figs to increase their running speed and overall strength. The figs contained up to 50% concentration of sugar, which was virtually, like feeding the athlete a candy bar. (More.)
- But remember, this is one fruit in which to practice moderation - let's just say it can be a mild laxative...