These small but potent fruits are one of the oldest in recorded history, cultivated by humans as early as 9,400 B.C. Sweet and soft, they are delicate in taste and texture but are loaded with minerals like iron, calcium and potassium. There are lots of references to figs in history and mythology, often considered a source of love and fertility by ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. It is believed that the fig was Cleopatra’s favorite fruit. The Romans associated figs with Bacchus, God of intoxication. And who can avoid all the references to fig leaves as coverings of unmentionables on countless ancient statues.