Among other gifts was a jar of her home-canned peach fig jam. I've had Fig Newton cookies, but I've never eaten recognizable figs. I could see round pieces of the fruit through the clear glass jar.
Last night I started a loaf of bread in the bread machine and woke to the great smell of fresh bread. We cut the loaf, opened the jar of jam, and dug in. Today I can say I ate a new food I've never tried before.
I did some research about figs. Did you know:
The edible fig is one of the first plants that were cultivated by humans.
For many years the fig has been used as a coffee substitute.
The fruit contains an enzyme that is considered an aid to digestion.
Becaue of its high alkalinity it has been mentioned as being beneficial to persons wishing to quit smoking.