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In the diverse world of the fig, there are many types of this delicious fruit than you may imagine. The Black Mission fig is probably the most famous for its distinctive flavour but that’s not to say that its nutritive value should be ignored. With 3 grams of dietary fibre per 3 fig serving, it is also a genius way to soothe and ease your digestive system.
In spite of the fact that the Black Mission fig (also known as Franciscana, after the Franciscan missionaries who introduced it to the California coastline in 1768) is one of the most popular varieties of the edible fig (Ficus carica), it is actually surprisingly hard to come by. In the 1700s it was the main commercially planted variety throughout California.
Fascinatingly, the fig is actually a syconium, which is an inverted flower that grows outside-in. The fruit from the fig tree is known as an ‘inflorescence’; when the tiny flowers from the tree bloom and fruit within the outer skin of the fig to create the flesh of the fruit.
The human race has always enjoyed a long and storied romance with the Black Mission fig. In fact, archaeological references of this mystical fruit date as far back as 11,400 B.C. With some scholars even maintaining that the Forbidden Fruit of the Bible was none other than the mighty fig.
First cultivated in Egypt, the fig soon spread to Ancient Greece and by the 9th century, they were already held in enormously high esteem by the Greeks. So much so that they even created laws against exporting their best quality figs. Roman myth also embraced this sumptuous fruit. With the Rome’s twin founders, Romulus and Remus, pictured rested under a fig tree.
So apart from being steeped in a rich tapestry of historical nobility, just what can Swanson Certified Organic Black Mission Figs do for you?
Well aside from being a delicious snack, they also offer you some pretty terrific health benefits.
No restriction, enjoy them at your pleasure.Special Precautions
Do not take if the outer seal is broken or damaged upon purchase.