Ten fun facts about Figs

Fact 1
In old paintings and sculptures, including Adam and Eve in the Bible, they have used fig leaves to cover their genitals. It is said to be used as a protector of modesty.

Fact 2
Figs have been in many religious scripts, from Jesus finding a fig tree with no fruit to Buddha's achieved enlightenment, which happened under a fig tree.

Fact 3
Fig leaves are said to be good for people that have bad breath. Chewing 2 to 3 leaves, then gargling with water can help rid bad breath.

Fact 4
The first fig tree was planted in Tasmania in 1792. Credit is given to Captain Bligh for planting the tree.

Fact 5
There is compound in figs that occurs naturally, called Psoralen, and can be used to treat skin pigmentation diseases and promotes tanning in the sun.

Fact 6
Although there are hundreds of different kinds of figs, the most commonly found in markets are: Brown Turkey Figs, Kadota Fig, Mission Fig, Calimyrna Fig and Celeste Fig.

Fact 7
While figs need warm climates and can be harvested up to four times a year, the Mountain fig is a wild fig grown naturally in the mountains. The Mountain fig can tolerate dry and cold climates.

Fact 8
It was considered one of the royal fruits, served to Egyptian royalty on a plate carried by servant girls. It may have been the cause of Cleopatra's death, who was killed by an asp hiding in a basket of figs.

Fact 9
The fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The inside of the fig fruit, filled with crunchy, edible seeds, serves as the tree's blossom.

Fact 10
Dried figs are a good source of many vitamins, including Vitamin K, calcium and potassium. They have also proven to increase plasma antioxidant capacity.

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Short about Figs
A species of a flowering plant holding an edible fruit called fig.