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Figs originated in Northern Asia Minor. The fig has been around for centuries. Sumerian stone tablets dating to 2500 B.C. record the fig. It is mentioned several times in "The Bible". Some scholars believe Eve tempted Adam with the fig and not the apple.

Spanish Settlers brought the fig to Mexico and California in the 1500s. They planted many fig trees.

A fig tree can live to be 100 years old and grow up to 100 feet tall. Domestic fig trees are usually kept pruned to about 15 feet.

Many cultures and nationalities have loved figs. Here is recipe for Fig Cake from Maude Ancelet, Lafayette, Louisiana, French American Program, The" Smithsonian Folklife Cookbook".

Fig Cake

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup milk
1/4 pound margarine
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups cooked fig preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together eggs and sugar. Add flour, milk, margarine, baking soda, and cinnamon. Blend and beat for 2 minutes. Add pecans and figs. Beat another minute.

Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for about 1 hour.

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