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Two green uncut figs and two halved figs exposing the yellow pulp on a black bowl
ficus carica
Ficus carica (Fig)

Native to southwestern Asia, the common fig has made its home in various regions across the globe. This hearty shrub, often stretching to the stature of a small tree, thrives chiefly in the Mediterranean's warm embrace, where its cultivation dates back over 6500 years. Its fruits, when consumed, unveil a gentle battle against constipation, easing the passage through the digestive realm. Furthermore, the extracts from its leaves stand as a vanguard, offering antioxidant and anticancer properties. The top spots in its cultivation belong to Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and Spain. The fruit is called breva in Colombia where it was photographed.

A purple-green Ficus carica in fruit on the tree

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