Nutrition Tips – Fig Fun Facts

There is way more to know about figs other than they are an ingredient in Fig Newtons (which
were introduced in 1892!)

  1. Figs are a prebiotic to feed good gut bacteria.
  2. Figs contain Vitamin K, needed for blood clotting.
  3. Figs are rich in potassium, a mineral for BP regulation.
  4. Eating one half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk.
  5. Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossoms are inside of the fruit!
  6. Figs are pollinated by a fig wasp that crawls inside the fig to bring pollen to the flower,
    which is where the female wasp lays her eggs.
  7. So, is there a wasp inside each fig? Yes, but it’s not alive and its skeleton is broken down before it’s eaten. The crunch experienced when you bite into the fig is from the seeds—not the wasp.
  8. If you are allergic to birch pollen, you are more likely to be allergic to figs.

Did you learn anything new about figs? Let me know in the comment vox below.

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