Elephant Ear Fig Tree
The Indian fig tree commonly known as elephant ear fig tree and scientifically Ficus Auriculata or Roxburgh Fig. The Indian fig tree is the fig tree with the largest leaves and seen overall Asian countries. It is considered as one of the herbal trees in India. Many parts of the tree are used to make Ayurveda medicines in India.
Indian Fig Tree
Elephant Ear Fig Tree – Significance
Elephant ear fig tree or giant Indian Fig the fig tree with the largest leaves, with a size up to 50 cm. The young leaves are starting intensely red, and turn more and more green when reaching their ultimate size. The leaves are also used as plates by stitching 3-4 leaves together for taking food during feasts in the villages.
Indian Fig Tree – Leaves and Fruits
The elephant ear fig tree is a fast-growing small tree reaches 25 feet high and wide. The fairly smooth, short, light gray trunk soon divides in stout laterals. Also typical for the species is that flowers occur inside a receptacle, which develops into the fleshy fig once the flowers are pollinated by their proper wasp.
The fruits are popular and sweet, but not commonly eaten outside their native area. They grow on short spurs on the trunk and branches is thought to have developed to give climbing or flying pollinators living far below the forest canopy their chance too. Indian fig tree likes fairly constant moisture and is not drought-resistant.
Health Benefits of Fig Fruit
- The fiber in fig fruit helps reduce weight.
- That high concentration of fiber in fig fruit helps promote healthy, regular bowel function and prevents constipation.
- Soak 2-3 figs in milk overnight and eat them in the morning to enhance sexual abilities.
- Figs are rich in calcium, phosphorus, which strengthen bones.
- The high potassium content in figs helps to prevent urinary calcium loss.