Freeze dried whole fig which is harvested from established trees grown in an extremely dry and hot climate. The whole fruit is selectively harvested, dried and then freeze dried into whole fig granules.
All figs meet or exceed the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Food and Drug Administration standard. Certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
The fig tree, with its large attractive leaves and sweet delicate ‘fruit’, has one of the longest histories of being a highly valued tree and food source. It is the most talked about fruit in the Bible and was considered sacred in Greece, Italy, Egypt, and southwest Asia.
All parts of the Ficus carica tree have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years [Joseph et al. 2011]. Mawa et al.  summarizes twenty-one different uses of Ficus carica for problems including pain, inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory ailments, colic, and more. African ethno medicine mentions figs in association with urinary tract infections, diabetes, gonorrhea, and even mental illnesses.
Unfortunately, the fresh ripe fruit of the fig tree are very tender, do not ship well, and have a brief shelf-life, which are reasons that fresh figs aren’t more readily available and popular in grocery stores. They are more commonly sold dried. Dried figs are low in calories and fat, sodium-free, and provide a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber, polyphenols, and other health-promoting bioactive compounds. Figs are second only to oranges in the amount of calcium in a typical serving and rank among the fruits highest in potassium and iron .
Alkaloids, flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenoids, tannins, amino acids, and enzymes are among the classes of bioactive compounds discovered in figs that contribute to their curative properties . Polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins are responsible for the high antioxidant capacity of figs. These important phytochemicals are most abundant in the skin of figs . Studies have shown higher total phenolic content and antioxidant activity in dried figs than in fresh. A significant rise in plasma antioxidant capacity was measured in humans for 4 hours after eating 40 grams of dried figs . Other in vitro laboratory studies have revealed neuroprotective capabilities [Loizzo et al. 2013], as well as spasmolytic and anti-inflammatory properties demonstrated by fig extracts.
An important component of figs is their high fiber content. A handful of 3-5 dried figs provides approximately 20% of the recommended daily amount of fiber. Over 28% of the fiber in figs is soluble fiber, which is known to be valuable in maintaining healthy blood sugar [Wursch et al. 1997, Slavin 2008], and cholesterol levels, and encouraging proper digestion [Pitchumoni et al. 2012]. Generally, high fiber diets from a variety of fruits and vegetables are reported to be beneficial for reducing risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer. Increasing dietary fiber may also assist people on weight loss programs.
All figs produce a thick white vascular fluid referred to as ‘latex’. Within the fig, latex serves as the cytoplasm of the plant’s cells, and it plays roles in respiration, metabolism, and defense against disease and physical injury to the plant [Flaishman et al. 2008]. In-vitro tests have shown that the milky latex of fig exhibits antibacterial [Aref et al. 2010, Al-Yousuf 2012], antiviral [Lazreg et al. 2011], and antihelminthic [Hansson et al. 1986, Stepek et al. 2006] properties. It has traditionally been applied to human skin to help heal wounds [Flaishman et al. 2008], and for a variety of conditions, including scabies [Lansky 2011], tumors, rashes, warts, and other skin irritations or infections [Bohlooli et al. 2007]. Latex from fig was also an ancient herbal treatment for cutaneous anthrax [Ben-Noun 2003].
There are hundreds of varieties of figs, but only about six are cultivated in the United States and most of those are grown in California’s central valley, where the warm dry Meditteranean-type climate produces the highest quality fruit. Figs are customarily allowed to fully ripen and slightly dry, before picking from the tree, providing peak flavor and nutritional value. The figs in Paraficus are fresh-picked, freeze-dried and granulated for ease of use. Fiber content, antioxidant value, and phytochemical activity are left intact. The freeze-dried granulated figs in Paraficus retain nearly all the health benefits of fresh figs.
Enjoy the benefits of Paraficus by sprinkling it on your cereal or dessert. Add it to baked goods, sauces, or dressings. Grind it into a powder and add it to a smoothie or other drink. Be creative and let us know how you like it.