The figs are believed to be originated from the western area and were distributed throughout the Mediterranean area. There are remnants of figs found in excavation sites that have been traced back to at least 5,000 B.C.
Presently, the common figs are grown in the Mediterranean region, northern India, Pakistan, and Iran. Figs are also in such places with similar climate including South Carolina, California, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, Washington in the U.S., Nuevo León and Coahuila in northeastern Mexico, south-western British Columbia in Canada, and also in Chile, South Africa, and Australia.
In addition to that, figs can be found in the far north of Hungary which can be picked twice or thrice a year. Unnamed thousands of cultivars come into existence when the human migration brought it to different places that are outside its natural range. It has become an important food crop for over thousands of years and is quite beneficial to the diet too.
Figs are actually among the top of the list of alkaline fruits which are very healthy and nutritious. The fruit have in them some qualities which greatly help in alkalizing the body. They can be eaten raw, dried, or can be added to any recipe such as in jam-making. Dried figs are also alkaline fruits in which you can add them to a glass of warm water to hydrate them. However, it is advisable not to have more than a handful per day, considering that figs are laxative fruits. This is because when taken in excessive amounts, they can become acid formers.
Figs have many uses and it started in the bible when Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover themselves. The Spartans are well-known for their physical strength and they have figs as their staple food. The athletes specifically ate them in very high quantities to increase their strength.
This fruit is sweet and soft in texture. The fleshy interior is softer and full of edible seeds. Unfortunately, it has the shortest life span among all the fruits available in the market today. Most figs that are commercial in production are in dried or processed because the ripe ones do not transport well. They have to be picked when ripe, and once they do, they last for about a week only. That is why a high percentage of the figs are dried in order to preserve them. You can make delicious sliced fresh or dried figs over porridge.
Dried figs offer a highly dense nutritional package in fantastic, healthy and alkaline snack. Thus, dried figs are very popular for their laxative effect. They are rich in vitamins A and B which is essential for good intestine regulation. They are also very high in fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron which are the key elements in bone strength, oxygen uptake, digestive, kidney, heart, and muscle function. The antioxidants that protect us from cancer and slow the aging process are very present in figs. In fact, the mineral content of figs closely resemble to that of human milk.