FIGS

THE FRUIT OF THE ANCIENTS

Figs from Puglia are a protected product in terms of biodiversity, in accordance with the Community measures on protection and the Rural Development Plan of the Region of Apulia, as it does not undergo any phytosanitary or fungicide treatment, being therefore completely organic.

ROOTS

From Asia to Italy

The fig tree is native to Asia Minor, as documented by the Egyptians.

The Phoenicians spread the cultivation of figs throughout the Mediterranean (isles, Portugal and France) and beyond (across the Channel).

The Romans spread it in Europe, the Persians in China and in the 19th century the cultivation was spread across India. 

In Italy, there have been evidences of figs cultivation since 8th century.

NUTRITIONAL VALUES AND BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES

Health benefits of figs

  • Figs help people experiencing physical stress recover  their energies, as they are rich in calories;

  • compresses of figs are useful for abscesses and acne. Figs cure urinary and lung infections, fever and gastritis; 

  • seeds, mucilage and sugary substances which are contained in figs have laxative properties; 

  • these fruits are rich in vitamin B6, A, B1, B2, PP e C and contain digestive enzymes promoting the assimilation of food;

  • their minerals are useful for dental, bone and tissue health, thus preventing high blood pressure and protecting baby growth in pregnancy.

FUN FACT

Did you know…

In ancient times

  • In history, for Hindus and  Buddhists figs were symbols of knowledge and truth;

  • in ancient times, the fig tree used to have a sacred value, linked to the origins of Rome. Romulus and Remus were condemned to death for being the illegitimate sons of the vestal virgin Rhea Silva and Mars. It seems that the basket in which they were placed, miraculously ran aground under a wild fig tree, and  that the a she-wolf fed them. For this reason, the fig tree became sacred and the priests of Mars took care of it.

Culinary use

Figs&Cheese scones

  • Make some scones of 10 cm in diameter or buy them at the bakery;

    wash figs well, cut them into wedges, without peeling;

    arrange layers of figs and slice of sweet provola or Pecorino cheese on the scones. Add a drizzle of honey, melt them in a pan (optional).
    Bake the scones for 5 minutes at 180 º C.

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