||Figs, Ficus cariaca L. Moraceae are used by Native Americans to make a beverage, try whipping or blending the fruit with a banana and a little milk. Fruit was also sun dried and used as we typically buy them in the market. Fresh figs are my favorites, they are very perishable like mangos and should be eaten soon after picking. Havasupai people blended or macerated the figs in water, thickly, spread it out in sheets and dried it for winter food.|
Figs are called higuera in Spanish; uztapiko in Basque and figuera in
Catalan. Here is a high calorie easy to digest and assimilate food
intended for everyone and especially older people who can't keep their
calories up. May be a good food for cancer patients suffering
from cachexia, inability to sustain adequate food intake to sustain
life. Fig cakes provide ample energy and nutrients, high in vitamins
A and B. A small package with lots of punch.
Medicinal Properties include: cough supressant (make into a blended beverage), laxative, emolient, increases energy, and as a poultice for boils.
The white latex that comes from the leaves contains several digestive enzymes: lipases, amylase, protease, used to tenderize meat. The white latex of the leaves will coagulate milk.