Any fig-eating vegans out there?

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  1. Ciel Clark profile image80
    Ciel Clarkposted 6 years ago

    Any fig-eating vegans out there?

    I don't eat meat, but I do like figs.  However, I haven't been able to eat them since I heard about the wasps.  (Don't Google this if you like figs and want to keep eating them).

  2. FatFreddysCat profile image98
    FatFreddysCatposted 6 years ago

    Random observation:
    For some reason, "Fig eating vegans" sounds like an insult. Haha. I picture some big burly guy yelling, "GIT THE HELL OFF MY LAWN YA FIG EATIN' VEGAN!"
    I know, this doesn't actually answer your question, but I had to say it. smile

    1. Ciel Clark profile image80
      Ciel Clarkposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      heh!  This made me laugh out loud.  Cheers!

  3. John Sarkis profile image82
    John Sarkisposted 6 years ago

    I'm not a vegan per se, but I love vegan food, veggie food and meat, and I also happen to love figs.

    1. Ciel Clark profile image80
      Ciel Clarkposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Figs can be very delicious--  I rarely see fresh ones in the US though..

  4. Aficionada profile image85
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    Initially, I didn't search this topic (and I'm not vegan, although some of my family members are), and so I relied on my pretty good imagination.... Therefore my first answer was this:

    Aren't there possibilities with many vegetarian foods that some tiny, unseen unknowns could be ingested along with the nutritious vegetable? And, on the other hand, what I am guessing about figs (which I actually do enjoy) may not be true of every individual fig you eat - right? So why not assume that the ones you eat are free of any possible, but uncertain, problems?

    Sometimes it's better not to know every last detail of the foods we eat, as long as they are safe and healthy.

    / / / / /
    Then I gave in and looked up the topic.

    There are two things that should reassure you. First, there are some commercial varieties of figs that are self-fertilizing and are not visited by wasps. Second, each specific variety of figs is visited and pollinated only by a specific variety of wasp. If a fig tree is grown outside the area where "its wasps" live, then it will be wasp-free. 

    The whole topic of pollination of figs is very complicated, much too complicated for me to try to explain here, even if I knew that I had actually understood it 100%!

    1. Ciel Clark profile image80
      Ciel Clarkposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great answer.  I actually am not vegan, although I would be if I could find a happy alternative to cheese.  But still am curious if any vegans are strict to that point.

 
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