Many Americans are only familiar with dried figs, but fresh figs are a delicious treat available in the summer and fall seasons. Figs are commonly grown throughout the Mediterranean region as well in the southern part of the United States. Figs were eaten by the Sumerians as early as 2900 B.C., and figs were one of the earliest cultivated fruits, eaten in ancient Greece and Rome. Figs originally came to the Americas from Spain in the early 1500s, and by the 1800s there were many varieties growing in California. A fig is actually not a fruit at all, but a flower inverted into itself; the small seeds found inside the fig are the true botanical fruit.For the complete article see the 10-16-2013 issue.
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