- A rich source of potassium, calcium, and iron
- High in fiber.
- Fresh figs spoil quickly.
- Dried figs are high in calories; their high sugar content and stickiness constribute to tooth decay.
- Can cause diarrhea.
- May be contaminated by molds and their toxins
Figs have provided sugar in the Mediterranean diet for least 6,000 years. Introduced to North American in about 1600, figs were planted throughout California by Spanish missionaries in the 1700s but were not cultivated comnmercially until the 20th century..