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Fig, Ficus carica

Fig, Ficus carica. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimens Medicinal Plants, London, 1880

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Apothecary Bentley Blair Carica Ficus Hanhart Herbal Medicinal Ripe Trimen


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This exquisite handcoloured lithograph depicts the luscious and enticing Fig, Ficus carica, a plant that has captivated the senses and imagination for centuries. The meticulously detailed illustration, executed by the skilled hand of David Blair and masterfully reproduced by Hanhart, showcases the various components of the Fig tree: the large, glossy leaves with their distinctive veining; the gnarled, twisting branches; and most prominently, the ripe figs, bursting with luscious sweetness and richness. Figs have held a significant place in both botanical and culinary traditions for millennia. The ancient Greeks and Romans revered the fig tree as a symbol of fertility and abundance, while in the Middle Ages, figs were considered a valuable component of herbal medicine. The fig was included in the renowned Medicinal Plants, published by Robert Bentley and Henry Trimern in 1880, attesting to its enduring importance in the realm of natural healing. The Fig tree, a member of the Moracea family, is native to southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean region. Its figs, which develop in an enclosed receptacle called the syconium, are prized for their luscious, sweet, and juicy flesh. Figs are rich in essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, and vitamin K, making them a popular and nutritious addition to various diets. This stunning representation of the Fig tree not only serves as a testament to the beauty and intricacy of the natural world but also highlights the importance of botanical illustration in documenting and preserving the wonders of the plant kingdom.

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