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Fig

Ficus carica Family: Moraceae Soft sweet fruit, full of small seeds and often eaten dried. Fresh figs are delicious and often jam and chutney is made from them. The skin of figs is very thin and ripe figs can't be kept or transported very well. As figs have to be picked when ripe you only can eat them fresh in the country of origin. In the warm countries the figs are dried for export and storage. Figs are originally from small Asia and are one of the first fruits cultivated ever. The Greek mention them and around 60 A.C. and Plato promoted the fig as being the nutrition for athletes. A story is known of the Greek government that had forbidden all export of figs once to assure themselves a good outcome at The Olympic Games. The Greek knew about twenty nine fig sorts. Officially figs were imported to Europe around 1600. Today there are more than 600 different fig types. Figs taste best consumed "warm" from the tree. They are dried often because they can't be stored.
Last modified: 13 April 2009
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