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Figs are healthy and are a good source of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, copper and manganese. They also contain potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure. The fiber present in figs also assists the body in managing weight.


Figs grow best in hardiness zones 8 through 10, but some cultivars are more cold tolerant. Figs historically grew throughout a swath of land stretching from Turkey to India. However, they have spread throughout the world at the hands of humans, and they are common throughout the Mediterranean basin.


Figs have a short season in early summer and a main season from late summer until fall. The first crop of the season is called the breba crop, which comes in on the last season's growth. Spring frost often eradicates the breba crop and the remaining previous season's growth.


The skin of the fig is completely edible. The only part of the fig that should not be consumed is the stem.


Grow a fig tree by choosing the right variety, planting the tree at the right time, choosing a sunny location and using well-drained soil. Water the tree regularly, and only add fertilizer to remedy poor growth.


Fig trees, like any young tree, grow by receiving plenty of sunshine and protection from strong winds. They also require regular watering, fertilization and soil aeration.


Figs are safe for dogs to eat according to Can Dogs Eat This. However, it is recommended that dogs eat only a small amount of figs at one time because they can cause upset stomach.


To dry figs in an oven, wash and blanch them, oven-dry them for 24 hours, cool them, and then store them. Besides fresh figs, you need a stove, a pot, a bowl, a slotted spoon, ice, water, a knife, parchment paper, a baking sheet, an oven and an airtight container.


Care for a fig tree by planting it in a good site, adding a layer of mulch, watering it regularly and fertilizing it as necessary. Prune the tree only to lightly shape it or remove dead, damaged and diseased wood.


Figs and dates are two different types of fruits. Figs are green or greenish-purple when ripe while dates are dark brown when fully sun ripened. Fig plants are shrubs while dates are grown on trees.