“The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.” Freda Adler
The edible fig is one of the first plants cultivated by humans, and was a huge food source for the Romans who used figs to fatten geese for the production of foie gras. Ever wonder why your foie gras has a slight pink-ish colour to it?
Fig leaves have for centuries been used to cover the genitals of nude figures in paintings and sculptures as a protector of modesty, and I find this contradictory as the fig has to be the most sexy, erotic fruit I have ever laid eyes on. There is no modesty in a ripe, red fig is there? This is probably why I happened upon this interesting bit of information while searching for quotes on figs: God Hates Figs, he also talked about them a lot in the Bible.
Figs can be eaten dried or fresh, but keep in mind that once picked the fig will not last long. It’s better to sit under and ancient fig tree and eat them as they fall from the tree, like we do in Sardinia. High in fiber and calcium figs are known for having a laxative effect on the body – indulge a little, enjoy a lot.
Figs and other fruit
This fruit was grown and purchased from a friends farm. I love summer and all the delicious bounty it brings forth every year.
What’s your favourite summer fruit?
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