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Native to parts of Asia and the Middle East, figs rank among the earliest fruits cultivated by humankind, even pre-dating pomegranates and grains. An integral part of the myths and legends of India, even today the banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), known for its longevity, is India’s national tree and reputed to bring good luck. After all, Buddha achieved enlightenment sitting under a fig tree.
Fresh figs, which grow wild along the Texas Gulf Coast, have a short yet glorious season in the our summer. This bar does justice to the sweetness of ripe summer figs since they are the only source of sugar. If you like it sweeter, add a touch of maple syrup to the batter.