Figs are one of the most popular foods amongst primates including humans in areas where they grow. . Figs contain particularly abundant amounts of fruit biochemicals called flavonoids including mono-amine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) which boost the levels of neurotransmitters in our brains. These biochemicals make our brains work better and produce a feel-good effect. Furthermore, in ancient times they triggered an effect whereby the pineal gland produced more of its own hormones. This influenced the way our DNA was read so that our brains grew well and our sense of conscious awareness connected us to the wisdom of nature and divine intelligence. Thus the fig tree could be said to be the ‘Tree of Knowledge’. It is possible that the presence of the powerfully influential chemicals in figs may be the underlying reason why the fig tree had significance to the ancient mystics. The Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree, which was a fig tree.
In our forest dwelling days in ancient times we were operating on a synergistic combination of our own hormones and the forest biochemistry. We lived in symbiosis with trees. The forest was a biochemical factory. The trees that offered the most attractive fruit, that made the early humans feel the most amazing would have been eaten more and their seeds more widely distributed, increasing the prevalence of these trees. This is the symbiotic relationship between humans and fruit trees, a connection we still sense today.
The premise that we are designed to live in a mixture of not only our own hormones but forest biochemistry tallies with
the mythology about our ancient connections to trees and living within the Earth’s bio-electromagnetic aura, also that
there is a sacred connection between man, woman, and the Earth. Myths tell of the dryads, the tree nymphs, the female nature spirits of the forest. We also hear of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.
Figs are one of the oldest cultivated plants, having been grown since at least 5000BC. Figs are one of the most densely mineralised of all fruits, being particularly high in calcium, also potassium, magnesium, and iron. In the wild, they contain a lot of insect material which is highly nutritious.