Fig is a soft and sweet bulbous fruit that comes from various species of Ficus trees. Dried figs can be enjoyed as a moist and delicious snack that provides a wealth of health benefits. Their natural sweetness and unique texture also makes them a wonderful addition to both savory and sweet dishes.
Fig are the fruit of the ficus tree, which is part of the mulberry family (Moraceae). Figs have a unique, sweet taste, soft and chewy texture and are littered with slightly crunchy, edible seeds. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable, so are often dried to preserve them. This produces a sweet and nutritious dried fruit that can be enjoyed all year round. There are multiple varieties of fig, all of which vary widely in colour and texture. Their unique feature is a little bud-like opening called an ostiole at the top that helps the fruit develop. Their natural sweetness meant that, before the days of refined sugars, they were often used as a sweetener.