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Farm of Marika Georgiadis | Greek Dried Figs from kastaniotissa Istiea Evia


For at least 3000 years, the fig has been one of the basic components of the human diet. Man's need to preserve them for a long time prompted him to dry them so that he could enjoy them all year round.

The first dried figs were found in an excavation of a Minoan mansion, in the Sternes of Akrotiri Chania, and date from 1340-1190 BC. From then until today, their production continues without interruption and with almost the same method.

  In the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, the dried fig was a staple food to the point where it sometimes even replaced bread. It is no coincidence that it was the main food of the athletes in the Olympic games as well as the fig tree in Ancient Greece was "sacred" dedicated to the God Dionysus.  
  But they did not prefer them by chance. Dry figs, in addition to their distinctive taste, also have great nutritional value. They are good for our health, weight and mood. They are one of the most popular choices, while their caramel flavor, fiber content and many nutrients make them irresistible.  
  Dried figs have a variety of uses and are the perfect energy snack. When you're out and about all day and you don't want to eat something that will ruin your diet, you can just make sure you have a package of our figs, which will surely satisfy you.  
  References in the literature on figs
  "The Basket of Figs"

Excerpt from the Reference to Greco - N. Kazantzakis

An old woman passed by... She stood, picked up some fig leaves from the basket that were covering it, chose and kissed me two figs...

Do you know me ma'am? I asked her…
- No my child, do I need to know you to kiss you?
- Aren't you human? I'm human too, isn't that enough?
She laughed… a cool girlish laugh…
And limped her way to the castle.

The two figs were dripping with honey, I don't think I've ever tasted more delicious. I ate them and was cooled by the words of the old woman...
"You're human, I'm human too, that's enough!"




  «Odyssey» Homer: Rhapsody Ω
reference to figs
  330 τὸν δ᾿ ἀπαμειβόμενος προσέφη πολύμητις Ὀδυσσεύς:
«οὐλὴν μὲν πρῶτον τήνδε φράσαι ὀφθαλμοῖσι,
τὴν ἐν Παρνησῷ μ᾿ ἔλασεν σῦς λευκῷ ὀδόντι
οἰχόμενον: σὺ δέ με προί̈εις καὶ πότνια μήτηρ
ἐς πατέρ᾿ Αὐτόλυκον μητρὸς φίλον, ὄφρ᾿ ἂν ἑλοίμην
  335 δῶρα, τὰ δεῦρο μολών μοι ὑπέσχετο καὶ κατένευσεν.
εἰ δ᾿ ἄγε τοι καὶ δένδρε᾿ ἐϋκτιμένην κατ᾿ ἀλωὴν
εἴπω, ἅ μοί ποτ᾿ ἔδωκας, ἐγὼ δ᾿ ᾔτεόν σε ἕκαστα
παιδνὸς ἐών, κατὰ κῆπον ἐπισπόμενος: διὰ δ᾿ αὐτῶν
ἱκνεύμεσθα, σὺ δ᾿ ὠνόμασας καὶ ἔειπες ἕκαστα.
  340 ὄγχνας μοι δῶκας τρισκαίδεκα καὶ δέκα μηλέας,
συκέας τεσσαράκοντ': ὄρχους δέ μοι ὧδ᾿ ὀνόμηνας
δώσειν πεντήκοντα, διατρύγιος δὲ ἕκαστος
ἤην: ἔνθα δ᾿ ἀνὰ σταφυλαὶ παντοῖαι ἔασιν--
ὁππότε δὴ Διὸς ὧραι ἐπιβρίσειαν ὕπερθεν.»
  Returning then the resourceful Odysseus spoke to him:
"First look at my mark on the leg here, where the boar is
in Parnassus one day he opened his white tooth to me.
You and my respected mother sent me to those places,
to receive gifts from Autolycus, my mother's lord
  he once did it for me, reaching over here.
And let me tell you about my trees on our garden bench
I was a child and you gave them to me; one day I followed you
in the garden and I made every tree mine for you.
And you counted one by one which ones would be mine'
  ten of your apple trees, thirteen of your pear trees
and of the fig trees you gave me forty, and you also gave me a vine
fifty arades, and not a single arad fell with her
the harvest, what did you have in your vineyard, all kinds of grapes,
every year that Zeus would bestow a good harvest pallathe."