Fun Facts about Figs

figs

They may not look like it, but figs are a member of the mulberry family.

An old English proverb advises ' peel a fig for a friend and a peach for your enemy'. We do not know if this is because figs have been traditionally linked to fertility but the down-side is that they have also been accused of increasing sweat and encouraging lice.

Interestingly fig trees do not flower, the 'fruit' that we eat is the blossom and is pollinated by a special type of wasp.

It is believed that the Phoenicians introduced figs into India and China and they were also used by the Roman armies. Plato was fond of them and they are spoken of in the Bible - Isaiah used them to heal skin problems.

Like dates, the food value increases with drying - one dried fig has almost as much calcium as an egg - and they will keep much longer than fresh figs which are fragile, needing refrigeration and use within a few days.

Long used as a laxative, figs rely on an enzyme that reacts in the bowel, rather than fibre to achieve the desired effect. Fig sap can curdle milk for a primitive type of cheese.

The fresh fruit is best eaten raw although it may be lightly baked with goat's cheese, or poached for a dessert. Dried figs make good snacks or an addition to cakes and desserts although some people do not like the crunchy seeds.

* Diet Data: Carbohydrate, fibre, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron, 160kJ per 100g (fresh) 1133kJ per 100g (dried).

* Shopping Tips: Fresh only available in summer, dried all year round.

* Storage: Fresh - refrigerate, covered; dried - airtight in a cool dry place.

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Related Articles

231_15676799571_5105_n

 

 

Www.Foodandtravel.Com.Au - Australia

Best Food Travel Website 2021

 


foodandtravel.com.au has been awarded

Best Antipodean Culinary Travel Expert, 2019

by the prestigious UK-based magazine...

 

 

It's worth taking a driving trip through country South Australia...

...winelands, long views, great seafood and more.

Find it HERE>>>

 


 

Where has WA's Great Southern and all the (wild)flowers gone?

You'll find them now permanently HERE...

 


 

If you are wondering where the GREAT IDEAS for Virtual Travel have gone to....

...they are HERE>>>

 


 

Missed seeing Esperance Western Australia ~ and Skylab?

HERE it is....

 


 

Georgia offers another world outside the capital...

Find out about it HERE>>>

 


 

World city options - take note....

...for when you travel again!

 


 

LISTEN TO SALLY'S PODCASTS...

...from all around the world

Tune in and hear her talks on     

Radio 2GB 873AM....

 

 


 

Jigsaws and fishy things...

...Nova Scotia has this and so much more.

 


 

History and beauty with a dash of fun...

...and that's just the beginning of Armenia!

 


 

Zany Zadar & Croatia's north

Crazy and beautiful, a place everyone should visit.

Read more...

 


 

Lovely Lisbon ~ and beyond. Sardines and secrets!

Find out much more here.... 

 


 

Where did cool Colombo go?

It's here!

 


 

Two virtual visits to Ontario

here....

AND

.....here!

 


 

Where is Tbilisi? 

Once you discover its beauty and history, you will be making plans to visit as soon as you can.

Read more....

 


 

Madrid the marvelous - so much to see in Spain's capital.

See it all here....

 


 

If you missed reading about Thailand's organic produce....

Here is the new link....

 


 

Colour comes to Green Summer

See what is happening in Australia's northernmost city this summer....

 


 

Here's something fun to check out!

The world's most popular surnames ....

...by country

 


 

~ Northern Spain ~

mountains and miracles - and much more!

After this journey, many people will never see the world the same way again.

 

Find out why....

 


 

Visit the beautiful heart of

Portugal....

Gondolas, cathedrals, cakes and a palace thrown in for good measure.

See for yourself!

 


 

And how about these vineyards in Georgia?

See other gardens in strange locations here....

 


 

Now this IS unusual! The Golden Bridge near Da Nang in Vietnam

(Photo: psyajh1004)

+++
See  more on this video....

 


 

Australia, the land of long straight roads.

Cross the country with us and see some more of them...

 


 

Make your own food and travel videos? YES YOU CAN!

Gordon Hammond gives some insider tips.....

 


 

Travelling to Sydney? The northern beaches are spectacular.

See what we mean...

 


 

For an exotic travel experience, go glamping in the desert.

Where do you think this is?

 


 

Hungary has something for every traveller.

Especially those who love good food...