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SHABBAT FRUIT FACT: Gen. 3:7 was the…

SHABBAT FRUIT FACT: Gen. 3:7 was the first mention of figs in the Bible: “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” The Fig fruit tree is native to Asia Minor or Turkey, and today, is grown as an important fruit of commerce in the eastern Mediterranean region, USA, and Spain. During each season, fig bears several hundreds of pear-shaped fruits twice a year.

Many passages establish figs and fig trees as significant. In Deut. 8:8, the fig tree is noted as one of the valuable products of Palestine. Figs became associated with peace and prosperity, as seen in 1 Kings 4:25; Micah 4:4; and Zech. 3:10. In some circles, figs served a medicinal purpose (2 Kings 20:7). When pressed together, figs were made into ‘cakes’ as stated in 1 Sam. 30:12 and Jer. 24:2.

Besides the awesome biblical references to figs, what Godly goodness do they provide to us in modern times? Fig fruit is low in calories and contain health benefiting soluble dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness. Research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in them help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (adult onset) condition. Dried figs are an excellent sources of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. So Shabbat on friends, and add some figs to your summer salad! Shabbat Shalom!

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