Figs became one of my new favorite fruits the first time I tasted them. I found the luscious green ones and have been addicted ever since. They are now out of season, that being a short 2 months, and the black figs, or Brown Mission figs are in. These are also very good, but not as sweet as the green ones. Unfortunately, in the United States you can only find these in a few states and Southern California produces 80% of them grown in the USA. They are a product of the Middle East, Northern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.
If you ever see these or get a chance to try them, do it! Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, relative to human needs. They have smaller amounts of many other nutrients. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants.