Dried figs are a treasure trove of calcium and other valuable nutrients including potassium and magnesium. They can be found in dried fruit mix, which is an ingredient of fruitcakes and shortcrust pastries. Some people prefer to eat them raw, believing them to be a tasty snack. It’s too bad that they don’t know about an important fact, which could effectively make their consumption distasteful.
In fact, figs aren’t actually fruit. They’re so-called collective fruit, which is formed as a result of a female plant blossoming. And since they’re plants, they have to somehow be pollenated.
The ones responsible for that task are insects from the Hymenoptera group -fairy flies, which are somewhat similar to small wasps. They use the inside of figs to lay their eggs. The fairy flies die inside the figs!
How does this happen?
The common fig tree is a dioecious species, meaning that both male and female specimens grow on it. Male specimens are inedible, only the female types are sold in stores. Young fairy flies only have a chance to develop in male figs, but the insects don’t know which fruits they enter.
What happens next? Go to the next page to find out!