A Bit of History
Compressed fruit, such as raisins and figs, were made into cakes in Biblical times. Some contained only fruit while others were mixed with grains, almonds, or other ingredients. The fig, a prolific tree which grows in the most craggy terrains, was the last tree to produce leaves and was thought to mark the beginning of summer. This fig cake is typical of those of Biblical times.
“Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.” Samuel 25:18
The medicinal and health-related value of figs is extensive including treating digestive, reproductive and respiratory ailments, as used throughout history, to modern findings that figs act as an antibacterial agent, are high in fiber, and can treat anemia, cancer, and other ailments.