The fig is believed to be indigenous to Western Asia and to have been distributed by man throughout the Mediterranean area.
It has been cultivated for thousands of years, remnants of figs having been found in excavations of Neolithic sites traced to at least 5,000 B.C.
Fig has been highly regarded from the earliest times as a major contributor to the diets of many countries. Fig fruit is rich in sugars (approx. 50%), minerals, vitamins (B-group and C) and flavonoids such as rutin and quercetin. The fruit’s emollient pulp helps relieve pain and inflammation, and it is helpful in treating dry and irritated skin.