A soft, purple-toned fruit that has a thin exterior and many interior seeds. Ripe figs have a jam-like interior texture. They are very sweet in taste, with berry undertones.
The fig is one of the oldest recorded fruit crops and is indigenous to southern Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia.
Figs were introduced to Southern California in 1520 by Spanish Franciscan missionaries.
Figs have a lot of significance in iconography of the Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths, often representing prosperity, peace, and fertility.
“The History of Figs” by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone (2019) https://www.thespruceeats.com/history-of-figs-1807598
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)