The fig tree is a tree and sometimes defined as a shrub. The fig tree grows up to 3 meters and is mainly distributed in the Middle East, throughout the North and South Mediterranean. It is said that the fig tree was first cultivated in Ancient Egypt. The fig tree is easy to grow and withstands heat quite well.
What does the fig fruit contain?
This interesting and so beautiful fruit contains many useful properties. The fig is rich in vitamins A, E, C, PP, B, B1, B6, fiber, thiamine, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, beta carotene. It also contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
The fig can be consumed fresh and dried. Dried fig is very useful, but more caloric. Dried fig is more common in winter. Interestingly, the fig leaves are also used for medicinal purposes, such as tea or syrup. They leaves contain vitamin C, furocoumarin, psoralen and bergalen, rutin and essential oils. A lot of weird words, really, but it is proven to be useful. The leaves are collected the in early summer in June, until the beginning of autumn, around October.
How do fig properties affect the body?
They reduce cholesterol and help the digestive system. Also
they reduce the risk of heart disease. The interesting thing is that if you eat
in the morning on an empty stomach, the figs have a laxative effect, so you
have to be careful. Figs stimulate the
immune system and normalize the heart rate. They are useful in the presence of
blood clots. Figs are good for eating in the presence of anemia and in diseases
of the spleen and liver. They help in the treatment of hypertension, strengthen
the bones due to the presence of
calcium. They regulate blood sugar and soothe sore throats, because they
contain propolis. Also they relieve acne and pimples – face mask.
Eating this fruit helps to lose some weight because the fig does not contain fat or cholesterol.
Boldly consume this incredible fruit, especially when it is in the midst of its season. It is good to keep in mind that the fresh figs quickly starts fermentation process and therefore you should consume them within 1-2 days. I personally store them in the fridge for this purpose, and I like them to be fresher.