Although commonly referred to as a fruit, the fig is actually the infructescence or scion of the tree, known as a false fruit or multiple fruit, in which the flowers and seeds are borne. … Ficus carica has milky sap (laticifer). The sap of the fig’s green parts is an irritant to human skin.
There is a practice among the Italian diaspora living in cold-winter climates of burying fig trees to overwinter them and protect the fruit-producing hard wood from cold. This is a common practice introduced by Italian immigrants in the 19th century in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto, where winters are normally too cold to leave the tree exposed. A trench is dug appropriate to the size of the tree (in some cases more than 10 feet tall), part of the root ball is severed, and the tree is bent into the hole. It is often wrapped in waterproof material to discourage mould and fungus from developing, then covered with a heavy layer of soil and fallen leaves. Sometimes plywood or corrugated metal is placed on top to secure the tree in place. In borderline climates like New York City burying the trees is no longer a requirement as winter lows have become milder. Often they are simply wrapped in plastic and other insulating material, or not protected at all if planted in a sheltered spot against a sun-reflecting wall.
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If you struggle with snack cravings during the day, keeping dried fruit on hand might be just what you need to stick to your diet. While most dried fruit is moderately high in calories, it’s also full of nutrients, and a healthier option than the empty calories in the vending machine. Opting for dried figs, either as a snack on their own or as part of a meal, offers several nutritional benefits, since they’re high in a few key nutrients you need for good health.
High Fiber for Heart Health
Arguably the biggest health bonus of snacking on dried figs is their fiber content. Just a half-cup of dried figs, less than 200 calories’ worth, packs in more than 7 grams of dietary fiber. That’s between 20 and 30 percent of the fiber you need daily, depending on your age and sex. Fiber isn’t just good for keeping you regular, though it certainly does help with that, but also helps you feel fuller after a snack, regulates your blood sugar levels and also promotes healthy blood cholesterol.
FIG Figs are a delicious treat that thrive in warm climates, but can also be grown in more temperate regions with a bit of extra care. Figs thrive in areas with long and hot summers (Zones 8 and warmer), though they can also be grown in colder zones if grown in containers and properly insulated from freezing temperatures or brought indoors.
The common fig tree (Ficus carica) is the most popular species of fig for home gardeners because its flowers do not require pollination to yield figs. Many varieties of the common fig tree exist, including hardy cultivars that can be grown outdoors in slightly cooler climates (Zones 6 and 7). Other species of figs either do not produce edible fruit or have very specific pollination requirements (such as needing to be pollinated by a certain type of wasp), making them too much trouble for home gardeners to grow.
Figs can be eaten fresh from the tree, preserved, or used in cooking.
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