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Fig (ficus carica)
Figs have been cultivated in Ancient Egypt since about 4000 BC, and the Romans used to eat large amounts of both fresh and dried figs.
Figs are considered by herbalists to be healing food. They have a detoxifying action and are one of the most alkalising fruits - that is, they balance acidic conditions in the body, which adversely affect health. See 'Figs, Medicinal uses'
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