Figs rich in vitamins, minerals have 11 thousand years old history, know interesting things related to it

Fig (Fig) is a wonderful fruit. There is respect for this in all major religions. It is not only important in the three major religions of India, it has also been respected in Christian and Muslim religions. This fruit holds the status of symbolism in many world religions. On the other hand it cannot be denied that figs are a treasure trove of qualities. If it is beneficial for the heart, then it also has miraculous properties to keep the body young. This fruit further enhances the strength of youth.

This fruit is 11 thousand years old

The history of figs is thousands of years old. Research reports suggest that it originated in the Middle East Center and flourished in South-West Asia. It is believed that it started growing in these areas about 11 thousand years ago. The status of this fruit increased so much that in ancient Greece this fruit became so important from the commercial point of view that its export was banned. It started growing in the Mediterranean coastal areas around 2000 BC. It reached the USA in the 16th century. It entered Japan in the 17th century. Figs are not mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic texts of India, but their importance is shown in religious beliefs.

In ancient Greece, the fig became so important from a commercial point of view that its export was banned.

No smell, but juicy and pulpy

Fig is actually a special fruit of the sycamore species, which grows directly on the tree without flowers. It can be eaten fresh and dried also. Nowadays it is being grown in Iran, Central Asia and now also in the Mediterranean countries and it grows a lot in Afghanistan. This small fruit does not have any characteristic aroma of its own but is juicy and pulpy. It can be pale yellow, deep golden or deep purple in colour. These colors do not cause any difference in the taste of its peel. By the way, the sweetness of its taste depends on where it is grown and how ripe it is. It can be eaten whole with peel, seeds and pulp.

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Special importance has been found in the major religions of the world

Figs have been given great importance in the major religions of the world. There are different interpretations about this in the three major religions of the Indian subcontinent, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The Hindu myth is that Lord Vishnu originated under the fig tree. Its tree is symbolically associated with Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh. In the famous religious text Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, the sacred fig tree represents the many branches of consciousness which are all connected to the same eternal source.


This tree is symbolically associated with Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh.

It is also believed in Buddhism that Lord Buddha attained Bodhi (enlightenment) by sitting under a sacred fig tree. Similarly, in Jain traditions, ascetics are often described meditating under sacred fig trees.

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Did Adam and Eve eat figs?

There is a description of figs in the Bible, the holy book of Christians, in which Adam and Eve covered their limbs with fig leaves when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, feeling ashamed after that. It is also claimed that the fruit they ate was a fig. In the Quran, the holy book of Muslims, the fig is described as a tree descended from Paradise. Sura 95 of the book is titled ‘Al-Tin’, which means fig. Prophet Muhammad Saheb says that ‘If I have to tell about any fruit which has descended from Paradise, I will take the name of fig.’


Sura 95 of the Qur’an is titled ‘Al-Tin’, which means fig.

More than Fiber and Potassium

Figs play a very important role in keeping the human body healthy. It contains more fiber than bananas and more potassium than bananas. The amount of sugar in its fresh ripe fruit is only 22 percent. Dieticians say that figs are a good source of vitamins A and B complex. It contains minerals like protein, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium and sodium. There is no break of figs for constipation and stomach related problems. The fiber and seeds found in it improve digestion.

Beneficial for heart, also increases blood

According to Food Expert and Nutrition Consultant Nilanjana Singh, fig is a very beneficial fruit for the heart. Figs also contain fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. It controls the blood pressure. Calcium is found in fig fruit which strengthens bones. To remove physical weakness, figs should be consumed with fennel. Eating figs increases the amount of blood in the body. The main reason for this is the presence of iron in figs. Figs reduce bad cholesterol from the body. By consuming it, the arteries are protected. Diabetic patients can consume fig fruit. It has natural sweetness which is very less.
According to Singh, uncontrolled and irregular consumption of figs can cause harm to health. It contains fiber, so consuming too much of it can cause loose motions. Excessive consumption can cause abdominal pain and bloating. Therefore, always consume it in controlled quantity.

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