Are you ready to have your mind blown about how great figs are? From what seems to be a humble fruit is actually the birthplace of a good portion of our civilisation. Figs have a place in the evolution of the human race. The edible fig is actually one of the first plants that were cultivated by humans dating back to around 9200 BC. We explore things in their entirety in this episode of the two guys one plant podcast.
In this episode, you’ll learn more about figs and become an overnight expert, with the ability to grow your own and incorporate this wonderful plant in your daily life. Allowing you to reap the benefits of these nutritious plants.
Did you know that most varieties of figs are pollinated by fig wasps? The small wasps crawl inside the finger and pollinate it before laying their eggs and letting the young escape the fig to go and pollinate the next fig. But they’re not dead wasps in the common fig, which is the fig you tend to buy in the supermarket. So don’t worry about eating dead wasps inside your figs chances are you’re eating a common fig which is self-pollinating or sterile figs.
- Fig sustain more species of wildlife and any other kind of fruit. Over 1200 species eat figs including 1/10 of all the worlds birds, nearly all known fruit bats, and dozens of species of primates, dispersing the seeds as they do so.
- The fig has a place in many different origin stories of many different cultures. It’s also quite prevalent in religions across the world, from Christianity to Buddhism and many more.
Nutrition & Medicinal
- Fresh figs are rich in nutrients while being relatively low in calories. This makes them a great addition to a healthy diet and great snack food.
- Although things are high in sugar they provide really important antioxidants including photochemical compounds in particular phenolic acid and flavonoids and these can be found in fresh and dried figs.
- Figs are used in almost every different type of meal. From breakfast dishes including waffles and pancakes to lunch meals including salads, and dinner and dessert recipes as well.
- If you have a fig that isn’t as sweet as you expect, you can cook them in a sweet syrup and make them almost like a preserve. It’s perfect for adding to pancakes, sandwiches, or even pairing with a nice plant-based cheese.
- Fig trees grow best in well-draining soil. However, they will grow in pretty much anything. You don’t need a large garden and you can even grow a fig tree in a pot.
- Fig trees are actually really good for propagating. For the best results take cuttings in the winter months and this is a great way to increase your harvest and grow more figs.
Recipes with Figs
Full Transcript of Podcast about Figs