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Natural Dried Turkish Figs
Xenia Olympia- 175g.
100% All Natural Dried Figs without additional preservatives.
In areas ranging from the Middle East to eastern and southern Africa, numerous species of wild figs have grown for thousands of years. Fig seeds have been found in Bronze Age settlements in the Mediterranean and remains of dried figs were discovered in the ruins of Pompeii. Figs were actively cultivated as a staple in the diet of the Spartans, and Romans fed figs to geese they kept to warn them of invaders. When the Romans introduced this custom to the Gauls, it is speculated that foie gras, the delicacy obtained from force fed geese was born. The cultivated fig, Ficus carica, derives its name from the ancient region of Ciara in western Turkey, and is a member of the mulberry family.
Turkish dried figs require pollination for the fruit to set. Tiny wasps are needed to achieve this pollination. Although many varieties of figs are grown throughout Turkey, the large, sweet, light colored variety known as "Sarilop" which are grown for drying purposes are intensively cultivated in the Nazilli province near the Aegean Sea. Today, Turkey is the world?s leading producer of dried figs, and Cevdet Aksut & Sons (King Brand) exclusively offers these high quality figs to its customers.
Dried figs have one of the highest contents of polyphenols ? substances thought to offer the benefit of reduced cancer risk. Fig consumption has also been increasing due to the fruit?s recognized high mineral and ferrous material content. Figs are an important source of essential amino acids and vitamins, and dried figs offer significant amounts of calcium.
Figs are not harvested until they ripen fully and begin to dry on the branches of the trees, generally from mid-August to mid-September. The fruit is then picked and spread under the hot Aegean sun for more intensive drying. After washing and processing, the fruit is shaped and packaged in a variety of different forms. Figs are not treated with any additives or preservatives; our figs are always natural. The most common forms of whole figs exported are Natural, Lerida, Protoben, Pulled, Garland (disc shaped) and Pulled (elongated).
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