Figs are known as the Fruit of Gods. This fruit is mentioned in a number of myths around the world. The most remarkable being the story of Adam and Eve who covered their naked bodies with the leaves of the fig tree after eating the forbidden fruit. Figs are popularly known as Anjeer. As a matter of fact, people do not consider figs as fruits but rather as inverted flowers. The flowers of the fig trees blossom inside a pear-shaped shell and once it matures, we eat them as a fruit. Figs are in existence since the 9th Century BC and was found in Ancient Greece. It is considered a native of Middle East and Western Asia. Fertile and well-drained soil and warm temperatures are required for the growth of fig trees. Any kind of direct sunlight and cold winter winds can damage the crop. Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Iran and Algeria are top countries that grow figs. In India, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are known for producing figs.
Figs are very healthy food and contain dietary fiber, protein, copper, potassium, carbohydrates, manganese, calcium and glucose. These are the natural source of Vitamin C, A, D and B. The nutritional content of figs is extremely beneficial and is used as medicine in some places. This fruit is extremely helpful for skin and bones.
Usage in Indian Kitchen
People love it for the aroma, sweetness, crunchiness and the taste and love to add them in making sweets such as Anjeer ka halwa, Anjeer and Kaju barfi, Anjeer and Khajur rolls etc. The kids love the Fig and honey shake and fig ice cream. Many people use them in cakes, chocolates and cookies because of their crunchy texture.
Health Benefits of Anjeer
- Anjeer can cure acne and blemishes.
- It can help to cure constipation.
- It helps in keeping the bones strong.
- Helpful in weight loss journey.
- Beneficial for reproductive system and promotes sexual health.