What is Bengal Fig?
Bengal fig (Ficus benghalensis) is a species of fig tree native to India and Southeast Asia. It is a large evergreen tree with a spreading crown and large leathery leaves that can grow to as much as ten feet long. The bark of the tree is grey-brown with a red-brown interior. It produces a purple-red edible fruit.
Where is Bengal Fig generally used?
Bengal fig is generally used as a landscaping tree in warm climates, and for its attractive foliage, leathery leaves, and edible purple-red fruits. The fruits can also be made into a paste for various culinary dishes.
Where is Bengal Fig found?
Bengal fig is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and is also cultivated in parts of the Mediterranean. It can be found in many public parks and gardens around the world in warm climates.
What are the health benefits of Bengal Fig?
Bengal figs are rich in vitamin B6, and may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and may aid in weight loss.
Interesting Facts about Bengal Fig
- Bengal figs have been used as medicine in Indian Ayurveda for hundreds of years.
- The large leathery leaves of Bengal figs are a food source for a variety of animals, especially birds.
- The fruits of Bengal figs can be made into a paste for various culinary dishes.
List of other similar ingredients
- Indian jujube