One bite and the little crunchy seeds start playing around in the mouth, the sweetness fills our senses and that is exactly why i love this fruit… The Fig!! 
Have also read that “The Fig
tree is the symbol of abundance, of fertility, of sweetness”… Hmm… Interesting how such a simple looking fruit has so many secrets within!  

The Fig is such a popular fruit from the days of Jesus, infact it even has a mention in the Holy Bible…

When Jesus was leaving Bethany, he was hungry. On seeing
in the distance a fig tree, he went to find out if it had any
fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was
not the season for figs.Angered and disappointed,  he said to the tree,
“May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him
say it.

The very first time i tried a dry fig, i knew there was no turning back. Since then, i buy them in bunches, stock them in the fridge, and devour 1-2 a day… Sometimes i defrost them in the microwave, almost til it gets nice and hot, which makes then sinful … 

The other day, gramma and i saw a TV cooking show where the man made a Fresh Fig pickle.. Which gramma has recreated and it is quite good- not spicy, not fruity, but just perfect with those little crackling seeds all through the bottle….

  • Prevent constipation: There are 5 grams of fiber per three-fig serving. So, it helps in healthy bowel function and prevents constipation.
  • Weight loss: The fiber in figs also helps to reduce
    weight and is recommended for obese people. Take care – figs also result
    in weight gain, especially when consumed with milk.
  • Lower cholesterol: Figs contain Pectin, a soluble
    fiber. When fiber goes through the digestive system, it mops up globes
    of cholesterol and carries them out of body.
  • Prevent coronary heart disease: Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Prevent colon cancer: The presence of fiber helps to mop up and usher out cancer causing substances.
  • Protection against post-menopausal breast cancer: Fiber content in figs give protection against breast cancer.
  • Good for diabetic patients: The American Diabetes
    Association recommends figs for a high fiber treat. Fig leaves reduce
    the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to take
    insulin injection. Fig is rich in Potassium. Potassium helps to control
    blood sugar. Fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties
  • Prevention of hypertension: People used to take more
    sodium in the form of salt. Low potassium and high sodium level may lead
    to hypertension. Figs are high in potassium but low in sodium. So, it
    helps to avoid hypertension.
  • Sexual weakness: Figs are known since ages for
    reducing sexual weakness. Soak 2-3 figs in milk overnight and eat them
    in the morning to enhance your sexual power. It also helps in gaining
  • Strengthens bones: Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones.
  • Urinary calcium loss: People having high salt diet may be affected by increased urinary calcium loss. Potassium content in figs helps to avoid that.
  • Prevent macular degeneration: Vision loss in older people is due to macular degeneration. Fruits and figs generally are good for avoiding this condition.
  • Relief for throat: The high mucilage content in figs, helps to heal and protect sore throat
Psst… Taking too much fig can cause diarrhea. Dried figs are high in sugar and might cause tooth decay.

 A fig tree in Sringeri.. There is a board next to it that Forbids visitors from plucking the fruit.. Gramma says these trees attract snakes, which is probably why the board is placed!
Be it the fresh fruit or the dried one
Be it in a Fig shake
or Anjeer[Fig] burfi
it is divine… 
But it is an acquired taste…. 

So, next time you see one, do give it a try, you just might fall in love with it… 🙂
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