Ficus carica L, popularly known as the fig, is a tree that has been known to the world for centuries. Its roots are traced to the Western Asia but it has spread throughout various parts of the globe including Europe and the Americas. The fruit of the fig, or more accurately its flowers, are eaten fresh, dried, or pickled. It has served as a delicious treat to both the elite and the masses. In the succeeding sections, the spread of the fig is discussed focusing on its origin, cultivation, and current market.
Description of the Fig
The fig tree, scientifically referred to as