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Figs in Basket. Pompeii Fresco.
Fall means figs here in Northern California. Ciwt has always loved them and is lucky to have a yoga student who brings them to her from her Sonoma garden. But she has never known that figs were one of the first plants cultivated by humans and may be the first known instance of agriculture. This intentional cultivation was in the Jordan Valley, north of Jericho and predates the domestication of wheat and rye by one thousand years.
And, mercifully because they are so delicious, they are good for us. They're among the richest plant sources of calcium and fiber. They are also rich in copper, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K as well as other nutrients. And..they are antioxidants.
Well, OK! Fresh figs in Ciwt's salad for dinner tonight; thank you, kind student.