The Ecology of Humans (50-10) Fig


The dioecious wild fig originated in western Asia. It spread to the Mediterranean in prehistoric times.

Figs were cultivated 6,000 years ago. The fig has been food for slaves and upper crust alike for millennia.

Although the fig is considered a single fruit, the seeming seeds within are actually over 1,000 tiny fruits. The fig itself is a fruit ensemble (infructescence). The complex flower cluster (inflorescence) comprises a hollow fleshy syconium that is lined with numerous unisexual flowers.

Figs do not suffer the tap of sap that dates palms do. Avoiding herbivory, fig stem sap is an irritant to human skin.