I was not exposed to figs until about a year ago! And I absolutely obsessed with it!
Here are the fun facts about figs:
Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Oh yes… the crunchy little edible seeds that you are eating are the seeds to many tiny flowers.
Fig naturally help hold in moisture in baked goods.
Fig puree can be used to replace fat in baked goods.
California grows many varieties of figs, but the most common ones are the Calimyrna (golden) and Misson (dark purple).
California produced 100% of the nation’s dried figs and 98% of the fresh figs.
The Spaniards introduced Misson Figs to California territory in the early 16th century.
The priests at Mission San Diego originally planted figs in California in 1769. This is how the dark purple figs became known as “Mission”.
Many believe it was actually the fruit in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, not apples.
In Roman times, figs were considered to be restorative. They were believed to increase the strength of young people, to maintain the elderly in better health and to make them look younger with fewer wrinkles – Pliny (52-113 AD)
Figs made its first commercial product appearance with the 1892 introduction of Fig Newtons cookies.
The fig tree is a symbol of abundance, fertility, and sweetness.
Eat one-half cups of figs as much as calcium as drinking one and a half cups of milk.
Figs have two main harvest times, first in June and second, the larger harvest later in summer and fall.
Figs thrive in hot, dry climates, like the Mediterranean. Turkey tops world production, followed by Egypt, Iran, Greece, Algeria, and Morocco.
Figs have a 55% natural sugar content, making them the sweetest of all fruits.