Fascinatingly fun facts about figs

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Mission figs: It was Spanish missionaries who introduced the fig to the United States, this in California in 1769.

Origins: The common fig is indigenous to an area extending from Asiatic Turkey to northern India.

Symbolism: Figs hold a significant position of symbolism in many world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism.

Figs arrive in Europe: When the Moors invaded Al-Andalus—the Iberian Peninsula—in 711 CE.

Popular with the Romans: Roman author and naturalist Pliny the Elder extolled the virtues of the fig.

Figs and fitness: Ancient Olympians consumed figs as part of their diet while training. 

Appearance in the UK: The first fig trees to appear in England were those introduced by Cardinal Reginald Pole to Lambeth Palace in the 16th century.

Figuring in the Bible: The fig tree appears repeatedly in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bibl.

Figs in history: Figs were widespread in antiquity, cultivated in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece.

Fig trees: There are over 700 types of fig trees, but only a few of them produce the type of fig that we consume.

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