Figs – magical fruits in our garden

In our garden in the Vela Stiniva bay there is a fig tree over 35 years old. And still gives wonderful fruits full three weeks from the beginning of August. It’s interesting to watch how the figs grow fast. Today you’re collect a full basket, and tomorrow again, and so three weeks.

Otherwise, the fig tree can experience 70 years and grow to 10 meters in height. Figs are mentioned in the Babylonian records, and there is evidence that the Sumerians in 2900 BC used figs for medicinal purposes. Figs come from Southeast Asia, namely from eastern Turkey and northern India. Today there are over 600 different types of this fruit.

Where do figs grow?

The world’s largest producers of figs are Turkey, Egypt and Algeria. Croatia is not even close to these countries even though it has held 1% of world production at the time and although it has all the predispositions for higher production.

Ficus carica (common fig tree) grows wild in dry and sunny areas, with deep and fresh soil; also in rocky areas, from sea level to 1,700 meters.

Figs, picture of fruit.

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean climate is especially suitable for the plant. Situated in a favorable habitat, old specimens when mature can reach a considerable size and form a large dense shade tree. Its aggressive root system precludes its use in many urban areas of cities, but in nature helps the plant to take root in the most inhospitable areas.

Why are healthy?

According to research, figs gives lot of different health and beauty benefits. Eaten as fresh or dried fruit, figs are also featured in jams and jellies and used in a wide array of culinary dishes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Amounts per 64g

Minerals

Calcium 22.4 mg, approx. 2% of DV(day value)
Magnesium 10.9 mg, approx. 3% of DV
Potassium 149 mg, approx. 4% of DV
Copper 0,0 mg approx. 2% of DV
Manganese 0.1 mg approx. 4% of DV

Vitamins

Vitamin A 90.9 IU approx. 2% of DV
Vitamin C 1.3 mg approx. 2% of DV
Vitamin K 3.0 mcg approx. 4% of DV
Thiamin 0.0 mg approx. 3% of DV
Riboflavin 0.0 mg approx. 2% of DV
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg approx. 4% of DV

Calories

Calories 47.4 (198 kJ) from
    Carbohydrate 44.1 (185 kJ)
    Fat 1.6 (6.7 kJ)
    Protein 1.6 (6.7 kJ

The fig trees in our neighborhood are called the queen of health. Eaten fresh and dried, and in folk medicine used against toothache, constipation, swelling, cough, warts, etc.The fig is abundant in fiber and is a good helper in the fight against high cholesterol, and due to the high amount of magnesium melt is for the nervous system.

Even aphrodisiac attributes are attributed to figs: leave some figs in milk during the night and eat in the morning. If you do this for a long time will surely strengthen potency, says folk medicine.

Or, put 30 dried figs in the tray and cover with olive oil. Close the lid and leave for 30 days. After that, one fig is eaten before each meal and it will advantageously affect hemorrhoids, gastric problems, elevated cholesterol, etc.
When eating figs do not drink water. It is best to eat figs in the morning when the body needs the most energy. It can not be stored for more than 24 hours because it is very sensitive and quickly breaks down, while holding in the fridge loses its aroma.

One Reply to “Figs – magical fruits in our garden”

  1. Thank you for all the interesting information about figs, they truly are such a healthy food source. Incredible to think that they do not originate from Croatia but do grow so well there.
    I enjoyed learning more about this versatile fruit. Thank you again.

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