What am I?
I'm a fruit with flowers on the INSIDE. But we'll get to that next.
Most people in the United States have not tried me fresh, but I'm common in the Mediterranean countries. In fact, my fruit is mentioned in the Bible 44 times.
Where I grow
I grow on trees in warm, dry climates. I rely on a special wasp that pollinate this fruit - but not how you think. The female wasp enters the fruit and lay eggs in the fruit! When the eggs hatch, the wasps wiggle out of the fruit. However, most of the fruit available today does not need wasps to grow, so don't worry.
To grow new trees, farmers use cuttings from mature trees and grows it in pots.
After I'm picked
I have to be picked at the perfect time when I just start to ripen. Once I'm picked, 90% of the fruit grown is dried. If you've had me, it's most likely in a cookie. That's because my natural flavor is sweet and has a nutty texture from the seeds in the fruit.
Did you guess... Fig
Did you FIG-ure it out? If you come across a fresh fig, don't miss your opportunity to try it! Figs are pretty amazing and have been enjoyed for thousands of years!
Watch the video to learn more!
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