FUN FRESH FIG FACTS
California ranks third in worldwide fig production after Turkey and Greece.
Figs are high in minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium and manganese) and fiber. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin A.
Each fig has approximately 30 calories.
Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. The seeds are drupes, or the real fruit.
For many years, the fig has been used as a coffee substitute. The fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme that is considered as an aid to digestion and is used by the pharmaceutical industry.
Another chemical found in figs, Psoralens, has been used for thousands of years to treat skin pigmentation diseases. Psoralens that occur naturally in figs, some other plants and fungi, are skin sensitizers that promote tanning in the sun.
Approximately four of these figs will provide almost 5 grams of fiber and 324 mg. of potassium, more than any fruit except bananas.