Fig tree belonging to the mulberry family bears the pear-shaped fruits that carry tiny stones inside. These dried figs have a very unique sweet flavour.Fig fruits are either sun dried or processed depending on its usage requirements. The shape of these figs changes after undergoing the drying process, making them more flattened in appearance. The sun drying process preserves its naturally sweet flavour, whereas the processing of the figs makes them commercially more popular and appear more attractive and shiny.
Figs contain a significant quantity of fiber and iron as compared to other dry fruits. They can be eaten fresh or dried and used in making jam. In Bengal it is cooked as a vegetable and is considered useful for heart ailments, they are made into syrups and given to people suffering from different heart ailments. Moreover, figs are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases as in lowering the blood cholesterol levels. Figs even contain a high quantity of calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin C and B