The fig originated in southwestern Asia and was one of the first cultivated fruits from Asia to the Mediterranean.
The ‘Bo’ tree is a species of fig under which Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) sat and became enlightened, giving birth to the Buddhist tradition.
The edible fig is one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans. Nine subfossil (incomplete in the process of fossilization), parthenocarpic (seedless, or “virgin”) figs dating to about 9400-9200 BC were found in the the Jordan Valley. This find predates the domestication of wheat, barley, and legumes and may be the first known instance of agriculture.