Figs

A Unique Variety & Homemade Recipe:

Our dried figs are the best variety, with very thin skin and full interior. They are naturally sundried and stuffed with herbals, a traditional recipe of the island, with the signature of our family.

Figs


History:

The Common fig (Ficus carica) is a deciduous tree growing in rich, sunny and well drained soils although it is also resistant to cold weather and is evident in rocky areas from sea level to 1.700m. It belongs to the Mulberry family. It grows to a height of 6.9–10 meters (23–33 ft) and is well known for its fragrant leaves that are large and lobed. There are around 700 species/types of figs in the world. It is native to the Middle East and the tree is thought to be first grown in Egypt. Figs spread to ancient Crete and then subsequently, around the 9th century BC, to ancient Greece, where they became a vital foodstuff in the traditional diet.

Figs

Figs were held in such esteem by the Greeks that they created laws forbidding the export of the best quality figs. It is written that the Greeks banned exports during the Olympics, in order to use them in the special preparation diet of the athletes. In Greek and Latin mythology the fig tree is a sacred tree, dedicated to Dionysos. Figs were also revered in ancient Rome as sacred fruits. The fruits were used, among other things, to fatten geese for the production of a precursor of foie gras. In the late 19th century, when Spanish missionaries established the mission in San Diego, California, they also planted fig trees. These figs turned out to be inferior in quality to those that were imported from Europe, and it wasn’t until the development of further cultivation techniques in the early 20th century that California began focused cultivation and processing of figs.


Harvesting Season:

August-October (late summer or fall)

Figs Harvesting Season

Nutritional Properties:

Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. They are rich in copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, phosphorus, polyphenol, flavonoids, omega 3 and omega 6, vitamins K, A, B1 and B2. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants.


Health Benefits:

The health benefits of figs or anjeer include treatment of sexual weakness, constipation, indigestion, piles, cholesterol, coronary heart disease and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hyper tension, cough, asthma and bronchitis, post menopausal cancer and colon cancer prevention. Figs also strengthen bones and help in gaining weight after illness.

Figs Health Benefits


Ways To Eat:

Fresh, dried, grilled and/or stuffed and cooked with food recipes and salads, jams, smoothies, baked goodies, healthy bars. 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.

Dried Figs

Dried Stuffed figs plain or with: yogurt, ice cream or sweets.


OUR CULTIVARS: Politika, Adramitiana, Aidiniko (from Aidini)

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