People have been eating figs since 5,000 BC — and for good reason.

Figs were eaten by Greek and Roman athletes to increase their stamina and improve their performance, have the highest overall mineral content of all common fruits, and provide the same amount of calcium as milk.

Here are some more fun facts on figs:

• Figs are an excellent source of dietary fibre, providing five grams of fibre per serving.

• As a token of honour, figs were used as a training food by the early Olympic athletes, and figs were also presented as laurels to the winners as the first Olympic “medal.”

• Figs are actually an inverted flower.

• A half-cup of figs has the same amount of calcium as a half-cup of milk.

• The fig tree is the symbol of abundance, fertility, and sweetness.

• Figs were actually the fruit in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, not apples.

• In ancient Greece black figs for men and white figs for women were worn around the neck during a ceremony of purification.