With a history as ancient as any cultivated fruit, many believe the fig has been with us even longer than the pomegranate. The Ficus constitutes one of the largest and hardiest genera of flowering plants featuring as many as 750 species. Although the extraordinary mutualism between figs and their pollinating wasps has received much attention, the p
Introduction. Overview of the Ficus genus. Fruits. Leaves and stems. Latex. Aerial roots. Roots and bark. Wasps. Figs and humankind.