The fig is often referred to as a fruit, though it’s actually a group of tiny flowers growing inside an edible shell. They are unique in shape, resembling a teardrop about the size of your thumb, are filled with hundreds of tiny seeds, and have an edible purple or green peel.
Figs originated in the Middle East and have been cultivated for centuries for their rich, luscious flavour, soft, jam-like texture, and touted health benefits. Traditionally, they were used as a sweetener for desserts prior to sugar and other sweeteners. The flesh of the fig is pink with a mild, sweet taste making it a favorite to be eaten whole, used in desserts, or added to savory dishes.
Figs are loaded with nutrients and offer a variety of potential health benefits, making them a great addition to a healthy diet. Figs are a delicious, low-calorie snack that contain fiber, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Riboflavin, Thiamine vitamins B6, and vitamin K, among others nutrients.