The ficus tree (ficus carica), a member of the mulberry family, produces common figs. Originally from Western Asia and the Middle East, they are now grown all over the world in temperate climates.
Figs were associated with immortality and abundance in Ancient Greece, as they were a sign of life and fertility, and the fig tree was dedicated to Athena, goddess of knowledge, and Dionysus, god of wine and intoxication.
Figs are harvested from early summer to early October, with September being their peak month. Dried figs are farmed and produced in Evia, Greece. They have a very sweet taste and a delicate but fleshy texture due to the area's unique environment.
Unlike many other fruits and vegetables, research has shown that drying figs increases their health advantages.
Many vitamins, potent antioxidants, and minerals found in figs give health advantages to a variety of bodily functions. With antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as potassium, fiber, and other deficient minerals, they can help fight cancer and treat common ailments.