Fig, Ficus carica
Fig is a shrub or a tree that can grow between 10-30 feet tall. Figs are indigenous to Western Asia and now well known mostly in the mediterranean with over 600 varieties. The fig has numerous spreading branches and a trunk usually at most about 7 inches in diameter.
- Figs have anti-diabetic properties and the fig leaves lower the amount of insulin required by diabetics.
- Figs lower triglyceride levels supporting cardiovascular health and risk of obesity.
- Fig leaf tea is good for lung and respiratory issues such as bronchitis and asthma.
- Ingesting fig leaves will also help with ulcers.
- Figs contain anti-oxidants, and vitamin A, E, and K. Figs are a good source of calcium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, selenium and zinc.