Last Updated on March 12, 2020
Fig is a fruit that comes from the Ficuscarica, an Asian species of flowering plant that has been cultivated since ancient times. In fact, and as far as we know, it was one of the first plants cultivated by humans. Scientists found figs subfossils that date back to about 9300 BCE.
This may indicate that humans were cultivating this plant intentionally one thousand years before the next known domesticated crops – wheat and rye. It is absolutely amazing how a simple fruit can tell an important part of the history of mankind.
This soft and incredibly tasty fruit is available worldwide and is often consumed in three different ways: fresh figs (from August to October), dried figs (also known as anjeer, dried figs are the most common form since they are available all year round), or fig jam.
Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria are the world’s largest producers.
But the value of the fig does not just lie in its taste. People have long used this fruit as a kind of a traditional remedy to cure a multitude of ailments. And as the impact of this fruit began being studied in the last decades, researches have come to realize that figs can indeed have an extremely positive effect on human health.
Read on to learn what you need about figs!