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Which Fig?

By: Carol Giambri

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Black figs

Are you confused, like I was, seeing different colors and kinds of organic fresh figs in the market? Did you wonder which ones are best?  It feels like the question may be "to fig or not to fig."

Why do people buy them?

I love the sweetness and all the different colors I can find locally during the season.  People buy them for food preparations such as in cookies, cakes, jams, dressings or cut up in salads.  Healthy too.

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Brown Fig closest to you



Figs or leaves?

I'll take both, but here's some great news:

  • Did you know fig leaves are edible and healthy even more than the fruit?
  • Source of fiber
  • Lowers insulin needed by diabetics.
  • Lowers triglyceride levels.  Having too many  triglycerides, obesity and heart disease can set in.

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Green Figs


Because they are so perishable within 24 hours of picking, they must be shipped out fast. This is the reason for the high expense. 

Give me tea…    

Fig Leaf Tea

2 teaspoons dried cut leaves (can buy dried at health food store or search online)

Cover with 1 c. boiling water over leaves.

Cover pot

Brew 10-15 minutes before taking

Drink 1 cup daily at breakfast

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Black Figs

A cash crop is lost…

My husband is from Sicily, Italy.  Today I asked him he grew up with fig trees on the family property in Palermo.  He said yes. He used to go out and pick the fresh figs right off the trees.  The family didn't know the leaves could be a cash crop.  They could have dried the leaves and sold them or packaged as tea too. 

I wonder how many people are sitting on a cash crop and don't know what they have?  Sometimes it is just the way life is–we don't know what we have till we find out later about it.  Yikes.  

Reflecting and Acting…

Are you ready to find some organic figs and start using more of them.  Need fiber how about figs for you and the family.  Kids today are chronic sufferers of constipation.  This can offer them some "relief." 

Make eating healthy a choice — simple healthy living — simply easy.  Grow your own figs if in the area? Cash in on a cash crop too.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden, eating healthy as a frugal shopper and photography.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.




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Anne (Annie) Berryhill October 19, 2011 at 7:32 am

I love this Carol as I have had very limited exposure to figs outside of Fig Newtons as a kid~haha! Great Info!

Anastasiya Day October 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

I love figs :) Thank you for sharing this article!

Lori Thayer October 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

I have never eaten figs so this was very enlightening!

denny hagel October 19, 2011 at 8:06 am

Love that you always bring information that otherwise I would never have! Same as Anne, my experience thus far has been through Fig Newtons!! Thanks for the enlightenment! :)

michele October 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

Dear Carol,
 LOVE figs! Thanks for this fun article. As I have posed many times on FB, we have many fig trees growing here in South Philadelphia…At last count I think I am up to 11…and that is in the city. Many of these trees grow over on to the sidewalks so I have been able to "harvest" some figs for myself here and there! We even have a variety. Within less than one block of my house I have 2 trees with the dark figs and one with green. 
Thanks again!

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh Michele. Lucky you. I’m packing my bags, getting my plane ticket and off to help you harvest freezer fulls of figs and cash in on the leaves. Wow. The trees would be bear with me around. Thanks for taking me on a tour of your neighborhood. I’m jealous. Wow, even a variety. Thanks for sharing Michele. Oh my gosh! Thought they only grew in warm places. What happened to Colorado lining their streets with crops for homeless to eat off of without destroying the trees–no pits to clean up after. Or, people like me who love eating fresh, organics. Sure the city doesn’t spray or is it homeowners growing unsprayed?

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

Denny, oh my gosh. Get yourself some figs and remember who sent ya. They are delish. I bet kids will love too. Add them in smoothies. Enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi Lori,
Think your Whole Foods still has some. I go to Cherry Creek or one on Hampden near 24 hour. Was there yesterday and got so addicted to all the veggies and grapes I missed the figs. Love them. Super sweet too. Busy soft ones. Hard just don’t seem to be as tasty. I never keep it around long enough to see if they do soften. I eat as I buy. Enjoy before the season is gone. Think $4.99 pound organic still.

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

Me too Anastasiya loving figs and to know they are super healthy on top of that –wow! Michele just wrote they grow in her area. Wow. I’m hopping the next plane and heading to her house. I know we can “eat” well together.

Carol Giambri October 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

Oh, Annie, they could be in your neck of the woods growing. Lucky you. Better than Fig Newtons too. Run over to Whole Foods or maybe your farmer’s market. Glad information was helpful and to me especially “health” talk.

Kim Garst October 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

Carol, can you buy fig trees and if so, wonder what type of climate they take? I love figs in things like granola, cookies, etc. but never really realized how healthy they were. GREAT info! Thanks for sharing!

Hughie Bagnell October 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hey Carol…I am a fan of figs! Haven't had fig tea though…great article! Thanks,Hughie

janis meredith/jbmthinks October 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I will tell my daughter about figs…she's been constipated!

Peggy Malone October 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Carol, I had no idea there were so many different kinds of figs.  I love them.  I will have to look for more in my local market. :)

Beau Henderson October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

the extent of my experience with figs are fig newtons.  I feel more inclined to explore them, especially in the form of a tea.  Thanks for providing such great information.

Amity Hook-Sopko October 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

So much new information, Carol.  I didn't know about fig tea either, but it sounds delicious!

Lorii Abela October 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Thank you for sharing.  This is indeed helpful.

Olga Hermans October 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Carol, I love to eat figs..I can eat them one after the other, but never heard about fig-tea?? You made my day Carol, I am going to try it out!! Thanks to you :)

Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss October 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Never knew there were all these kinds of figs!  Thank you for the education, Miss Carol.  x0x
Norma Doiron @ The LEARNED Preneur ╰☆╮

Jennifer Bennett October 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

You just have so much knowledge and I love learning from you!  Like many others, the only figs I've come across are fig newtons!  I think I need to expand my horizons!  Thanks for sharing another great article! 

Carl Mason-Liebenebrg October 20, 2011 at 1:41 am

Love Love Love figs…all shapes, colors and sizes! My favioraite way is roasted. Simply cut the fig in half. Drizzle a roasting pan or baking sheet with extra virgin oilve oil, sprinkle with sea salt and roast until soft and golden brown with a bit of caramelization around the edges. You can top with a touch of marscapone or greek yougurt for a truly healthy dessert!!

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

Wow, Carl sounds like yours is delicious and rich. Way to go Chef Carl. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:32 am

Jennifer, now you know to hunt for different color figs for healthy reasons. Melt in your mouth sort of when ripe and mushy. Thanks for the compliment. A learning addict I suppose I am on make up time.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:33 am

Oh, Norma. It’s amazing the different types of figs here. i discovered the green ones this year and taste like custard to me. Dangerous! But healthy. Thanks for sharing! x0x

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:33 am

Olga, yeah, I made your day. Did you have fig tea yet? How did it taste? I never tried it! I will. thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:34 am

Loril, glad it was helpful. We are endless on learning new stuff. Amazing what we can learn even when least expecting.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:35 am

Amity, I didn’t know about fig tea till recently. Now I will hunting for some tea too. I already have mastered loving figs. Yummy. Hope you get the boys to enjoy them and maybe the tea? Thanks for visiting here.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

Beau, I think I rather hunt for the real stuff vs. the tea, but glad you would consider fig tea plus now you know your experience with figs can “grow” beyond ‘fig newtons.” Thanks for the compliment.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

Dr. Peggy, fresh organic figs are yummy. Whole Foods is where I find mine. You will be hooked after the first bite. Buy soft–yummier. Enjoy. Need more ideas on using I’m sure I can come up with a few from my head.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:40 am

Janis, glad this may be helpful to daughter; also she may want to add in things like chia or flax seeds to her diet plus more fresh fruits and veggies. Leave out the processed foods that many kids love. You can research the “seeds” talk or check with nutritionist as I am not either other than health minister. Still a teaser to help her clear the problem. I heard of one lady, I used to know, who did pasta with olive oil and she started “moving” after several days. Keep me posted. Would love hearing how she is doing.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

Me too Hughie. Big fan of organic figs and all colors too. I don’t have fig trees but the health food store sells and I buy. Hardly makes it home. Even Costco sells them once in a while in USA.

Carol Giambri October 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

Kim, yes you can buy fig trees. I have heard at least in California and Utah they grow. Yes, Florida too. I am checking that out further for ya and will privately get you an answer. I love research. Shocked Utah, but never seen in CA. I love fresh figs mainly–just eat from the store to my mouth fast. Thanks for sharing. Glad it was great info. Sad if you noticed my hubby’s family left a cash crop on the table.

Michelle October 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

You always share such good information, Carol.  The idea of fig leaf tea fascinates me!

Susan Preston October 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

Thank you, for such an informative article as always, Carol. I love your passion in helping others to eat healthy. I am going to make that tea…it sounds delicious. {hugs}

Solvita October 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Sounds good Carol! I have to try that tea! I am fan of organic figs too! thanks for sharing :)

Ingrid October 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I never had a fig.  I will definitely look for one.

Elise Adams October 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Love the paragraphs intersperced with photos–never knew there was so much to know about figs ;-)

Mary Kate October 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

I can honestly say that I have never eaten a fig. Not to my knowledge anyway :-) Very interesting… maybe I will give them a try. Thanks for the info :-)

Carol Giambri October 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

Mary Kate,
Once you taste a “soft, ripe” fig it won’t be your last. They are amazing fruits. Let me know. Thanks for sharing.

Marlene November 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

I have both green and back figs on our ranch. I find our green ones a bit pithy and dry, maybe a watering issue? I love hand eating the black figs, unfortunately, we have to fight the birds for them. Never knew about the leaves used for tea! Thanks !

Carol Giambri November 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Wow, take me to heaven! Where? Wow, lucky you.

Lloyd Kreitzer April 3, 2012 at 1:33 am

I enjoyed your encouragement , passion and dedication to helping others new to using fig leaves and fresh figs for health as well as taste.  I live here in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my fig nursery, fig leaf tea business, and Chinese date trees . I spend a lot of my time at the local farmers/growers' markets teaching people about figs, leaves and branches(use as skewers on the grill as they give off a wonderful aroma of toasted coconut with a hint of burnt marshmellow.  I would love to chat fellow fig enthusiast…Lloyd Kreitzer, the fig-man of New Mexico

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Wow you are the first fig grower I know. Wow. Yes would love to chat. Yup surely would love to chat.

Nicole Tinnirello May 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Hi Carol-
This morning I woke up with a fig leaf business idea (I'm looking to get out of corporate America for good). I've been researching all day and just came across your website. My husband is also Sicilian and I have been drinking fig leaf tea for years. Use it for my girls occasional skin problems, occasional respiratory problems.  I want to become a grower.  Would love to talk to you as I believe you'd be a valuable resource in this journey.

Carol Giambri May 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Hi Nicole, Ah a fig leaf business. Would love hearing more and best to you. Best to you on your exit from corporate America.

Al Lekay December 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hello !



Carol Giambri December 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

Hi Al,
For organic green fig leaves I would check places such as Whole Foods. They may be dried. However if you have a neighbor with fig trees, not sprayed, another great starter and free. Lkreitzer@juno.com; Lloyd Kreitzer, the fig-man of New Mexico (a fig nerd that loves the FIG). He may be on FB too.

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