Fig, a member of the ‘Moraceae’ family, is grown for its delicious pear-shaped fruit that has innumerable medicinal uses. The plant has been cultivated since ancient times and has been mentioned in both Christian and Muslim scriptures.
The original home of the tree is said to be somewhere in western Asia. Ancient Babylonians used it as far back as 25th century BC and it was transported to Europe by the Romans. The Greeks considered it so precious that they forbade its export to other countries. The Spartan youth ate figs to gain strength and boost stamina. It was considered poor man’s food in the Mediterranean being so easily available everywhere.
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