Thursday, July 17, 2008

The edible fig is one of the first plants that were cultivated by humans.

Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, relative to human needs.

Although commonly referred to as a fruit, the fig fruit is actually the flower of the tree, known as a false fruit or multiple fruit, in which the flowers and seeds grow together to form a single mass. The flower is invisible, as it blooms inside the fruit.

Figs require full sun all day to ripen palatable fruits. Figs must be allowed to ripen fully on the tree before they are picked. They will not ripen if picked when immature. A ripe fruit will be slightly soft and starting to bend at the neck. Harvest the fruit gently to avoid bruising. Fresh figs do not keep well and can be stored in the refrigerator for only 2 - 3 days.

"Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten."
Jeremiah 29:17