Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The Common Fig - 'Ficus carica' - fam: Moraceae
The ficus carica is an Asian species of flowering plants in the Mulberry family, known as the Common Fig, or just the Fig. It is the source of the fruit, also called the Fig, and as such, is an important crop in those areas where it is grown commercially. Native to the Middle East and western Asia, it has been sought out and cultivated since ancient times, and is now widely grown throughout the temperate world, both for its fruit, and as an ornamental plant. The species has become naturalized in scattered locations, in Asia, and North America. 1
Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. 2
Part of the wonder of the fig, comes from its unique taste, and texture. Figs are lusciously sweet, and feature a complex texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. In addition, since fresh figs are so delicate and perishable, some of their mystique comes from their relative rarity. Because of this, the majority of figs are dried, either by exposure to sunlight, or through an artificial process, creating a sweet and nutritious dried fruit, that can be enjoyed throughout the year. 2
REFERENCE: 1 - Wikipedia - Common Fig.
and, 2 - The World's Healthiest Foods - Figs.