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Figs

Where do they come from?

The fig tree is native to Greek soil and is written about in Homer’s writings! In antiquity, the fig represented the female sex organ. In Greek, the word for fig is “syko” and the “syko”-phants were the ones who told all about the illegal sexual acts. Our ancient ancestors fed figs to animals they would be using for their livers.

When should it be planted?

Figs ripen on the fig tree during the months of July to October.

Climate

Fig trees love a hot climate close to the sea with soil that has good drainage. They cannot withstand prolonged frost and especially during the most fruitful period, it needs moisture. If these conditions do not available it will produce “hollow” figs!

Nutritional analysis  (1 large fig – 64 g)

Calories (kcal)

 

Carbohydrates

(g)

Proteins

Fats

Fiber

Salt

47,3

12,3

0,5

0,2

1,8

0

2,4%

4,7%

0,9%

0,3%

6,6%

0%

The values represent the percentages offered to cover the needs of most people which are 2000 kcal per day.

Recipes

Figs are delicious when dried. They make amazing marmalades and can be added to salads, sweets and rusks.

The article has been written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Dietitian/Nutritionist Christos Papavaggelis.

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