Inspirational Fig Madness !!!
The time has come to find all the facts you may ever need around the existence of the most radical of fruits... the Fig! How radical is all of that ??
Did you know there are over 750 known Fig species in the world, native all across the world.
Figs are self-fruitful, so you need only one plant to produce fruit.
Figs don’t “flower”, the fruit is the flower hundreds of tiny thread-like male and female flowers grow inside the urn-like fruit.
Many fig varieties do not require pollination, but in the wild, nearly every species of fig tree gas its own species of wasps, which hatch inside of figs. Most of your figs will have had wasp eggs and maybe even a dead wasp inside!
Certain figs, such as those living in South Africa, have incredible deep roots. Deepest recorded root reaches the depth of 400 feet.
Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.
Turkey is the world’s leading producer of figs, followed by Egypt.
Figs are known as the “fruit of the gods”.
The early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food. Figs were also presented as laurels to the winners, becoming the first Olympic “medal.”
Figs have phyto-chemical compounds which help to scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, which protect us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases, and infections.
Figs have a 55% natural sugar content, making them the sweetest of all fruits.
Fruit can be used in the treatment of chest congestion and as a facial mask (that tightens the skin). Juice extracted from the leaves can be used to soothe insect bites.
Eating one half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk.
Figs are recommended to the people who would like to quit smoking. Due to high alkalinity of the fruit, figs diminish desire for cigarettes.
People also use figs as a substitute for coffee. Quick, stock up in the office!!