ON THE COVER: FIGS

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Fi­cus car­ica is an Asian species of flow­er­ing plants in the mul­berry fam­ily, known as the com­mon fig. It is the source of the fruit also called the fig, and as such is an im­por­tant crop in those ar­eas where it is grown com­mer­cially. Na­tive to the Mid­dle East and western Asia, it has been sought out and cul­ti­vated since an­cient times, and is now widely grown through­out the tem­per­ate world, both for its fruit and as an or­na­men­tal plant.

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