Habitat: : Genuine from SW of Asia, it can be found naturalized in S. Europe, being present in rocky warm places of the Mediterranean zone. Highly cultivated because of its fruits and as an ornamental tree throughout Europe
What is a fig tree like?
A fig or fig tree is a deciduous tree of the fig
family - Moraceae- up to 4 m. , much more wide tan tall.
Active parts: Latex from leaves, stems and fruits, specially when they are raw.
A detail of the leaves and fruits
Uses of fig tree
Edible fruits: Fig tree fruits (figs) are edible.
Medicinal uses : In internal use, they have been used to fight constipation, bronchitis In external use, latex is applied on warts to get rid of them.
Toxicity of fig tree
Toxicity of fig tree is medium . Contact with its latex has an irritable action on the skin by the action of fucomarines. Also, it can produce photo-sensibility, in the way of blisters.
Are figs toxic? Mature fig fruits are not poisonous. On the contrary, they are very healthy and nutritive fruits. However, eating raw fruits must been avoided, since they can be toxic for the digestive tract and can produce wounds in the hands.
Drawing of leaf and fruits of Ficus carica L.
Symptoms of poisoning with fig tree
- Externally, by the presence of blisters, darker spots on the skin, itching , etc.