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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 56

Mediterranean Figs (Ficus carica L.) Functional Food Properties

Oguzhan Caliskan caliskanoguzhan@gmail.com    Department of Horticulture, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya-Hatay, Turkey

Abstract

In recent years, consumers have been increasingly interested in fruits and vegetables due to increasing knowledge about the foods' high content of health-promoting nutrients. In this regard, the fig is one of the most important fruit species in the Mediterranean diet, and it is accepted as a symbol of long life throughout the world. This chapter shows the functional food properties of the Mediterranean fig. Figs are low in sodium and have no fat or cholesterol, and their functional food properties include significant amounts of vitamins, amino ...

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