12 Health Benefits of Figs
Figs are the fruit of the ficus tree, which is part of the mulberry family (Moraceae). They have a unique, sweet taste, soft and chewy texture, and are filled with slightly crunchy, edible seeds. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable, so are often dried to preserve them. This produces a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed all year round. There are multiple varieties of fig, all of which vary in colour and texture. Their unique feature is a little bud-like opening called an ostiole at the top which helps the fruit develop. Their natural sweetness means that, before the days of refined sugars, they were often used as a sweetener.