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Ficus carica L. (Moraceae): An ancient source of food and health

Volume 164, 1 December 2014, Pages 119–127

Ficus carica L. (Moraceae): An ancient source of food and health


Chemical, ethno-botanical and nutritional information of Ficus carica L.
The potential to get new chemical scaffolds from common figs.
A comprehensive revision of the state of the art about Ficus carica.


Since early in the man history, common fig was appreciated as food and for its medicinal properties. This review explores some aspects about the importance of Ficus carica L., an amazing and ancient source of medicines and food. Topics regarding chemistry, biological activity, ethno-pharmacological uses, and its nutritional value are discussed, as well as the potential of the species as a source of new and different chemical scaffolds. Very important in the past, appreciated in our time and extremely promising in the future, F. carica represents an interesting example of healthy foods and bioproducts.


  • Common fig;
  • Ethno-pharmacology;
  • Ficus carica;
  • Food;
  • Latex

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