How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
The holiness of figs is not circumstantial; figs were the first plant cultivated by humans as early as 9400BC. Their cultivation predates wheat, barley and legumes by at least a thousand years. The ensuing agricultural revolution changed the lifestyle and consciousness of humans forever. Given the central role of fig trees in the agricultural revolution, their sacredness in our holy texts is not a surprise. Figs remain an important food crop in modern times.
Native from Afghanistan to Greece, figs are in the same family as mulberry. They are not actually a fruit but a flower. The type of flower is known as an inflorescence. It is called a 'multiple fruit' because the flowers and seeds grow together in a single mass. Figs ripen twice a year. Once in the spring and once in late summer or fall. The late summer and fall crop is usually the largest and best tasting.
Buying & PreparationFigs eaten fresh are divine but most figs are dried. The ripe fruit does not keep for long once picked. It is soft and does not transport well. Fresh figs should be stored in dry containers because moisture makes them rot more quickly. In Roman times, Cato convinced the senate to destroy Carthage by importing a box of fresh figs. The fresh figs imported from Carthage showed its proximity and thus threat to Rome.
Cooking FigsDried figs should be soaked overnight before eating. To eat fresh figs hold the stem and cut the base in quarters revelaing the soft, sweet flesh.
Figs can be used as a sugar substitute in pies, pastes & jams. Prepare dried figs similarly to dates and prunes.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Ficus carica
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMSFigs may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Figs are a good source of iron and to build up the blood. Figs relieve indigestion, heartburn, burning urination, diarrhea, strengthen the gums and may give some relief in asthma. They should not be taken with milk if the patient has diarrhea. Figs are also high in carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, patassium, and calcium.
So, because it is a flower, we can eat it with other things, like in a pie? Whereas if it was a fruit, we couldn't? Is that correct?
Figs are a fruit and as such, best eaten alone.
Are figs heavy and harder to digest for people with weak Agni?
Fresh fruit is generally considered light and easy to digest.