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Fig is a flowering plant in the mulberry family. The common fig tree has been cultivated since ancient times and grows wild in dry and sunny areas, with deep and fresh soil. The plant can tolerate seasonal drought, and the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean climate (like what we have in Southern California) is especially suitable for the plant. In a favorable habitat, old trees can form a large dense shade tree. The fig tree, with the water, cools the environment in hot places, creating a fresh and pleasant habitat for many animals that take shelter in its shade in the times of intense heat. These trees’ seeds are often dispersed by birds and mammals that scatter the seeds in droppings.

In the Kitchen

figs are delicious and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great when baked on pizza or even grilled. figs make great accompaniments to salads, and complement flavors of greens like arugula very well. Other tasty preparations include ones with a little bit of vinegar (e.g. balsamic vinegar). You can also dehydrate your figs via an electric or solar dehydrator for dried figs all year.


Fig and Goat Cheese Salad
Fig Tart with Onions, Rosemary and Stilton
Fig, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

References and Further Reading

World’s Healthiest Foods: figs
Health Benefits of Dried figs