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DRIED FIG

DRIED FIG

DID YOU KNOW?
Figs are indigenous to Western Asia and are found throughout the Mediterranean area, where the climate is ideal for their production. The succulent fruit, both fresh and dried, has been prized since ancient times - fig remnants have been traced to as early as 5,000 BC.1,2
The fruit is usually consumed fresh or in a preserved form, such as dried or as a paste. DRIED FIG
Turkey is the major producer of dried figs, followed by Iran, USA, Greece, Afghanistan, Spain and Italy.
BENEFITS
Nutrients
Dried figs are high in fiber and potassium. They are also a source of vitamin K and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper and manganese.3,4
Fiber and magnesium
Of all dried fruits, dried figs contain the highest amount of fiber (9.8 g/100 g) and magnesium (68 mg/100 g).
Antioxidants
Dried fruits are well-known for their content in phytochemicals. In particular, dried figs stand out for phenolic content, a type of antioxidant.
FUN FACTS
The fig tree was a sacred, mystic tree in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and a symbol of fertility. In monotheist religions, the fig is a sacred fruit. It is mentioned in holy books and served at religious festivities.
Figs were a staple food of the Greeks and the Spartans. The Greek athletes were fed almost entirely on figs, as it was believed that they increased their strength and swiftness.2 DRIED FIG
Figs have numerous edible seeds inside the fruit that are generally hollow, unless pollinated. Pollinated seeds are the ones that give the dried figs their characteristic nutty taste.1 DRIED FIG
References:

1)    Crfg.org. (©1996). FIG Fruit Facts. [online] Available at: http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/fig.html [Accessed 20 Dec. 2016].
2)    Grieve, M. first published in 1931. Fig, Common (A Modern Herbal) [online] Available at: http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/f/figcom12.html [Accessed 20 Dec. 2016].
3)    USDA Food Composition Databases. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28 slightly revised May, 2016: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list.
4)    Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32006R1924&from=en.