Figs can be traced back to ancient civilizations and are so highly prized that their cultivation has spread all over the world. They are a source of quick energy since they are so high in sugar. They are also high in calcium and have a mildly laxative effect. If you have a source for fresh figs, you get to enjoy these fruits right off the tree. Most of the figs grown are dried, there being about 3 lbs. of fresh figs in 1 lb. of dried. There are two types figs: black and white although the white is more yellowish. Figs grow in temperate climates where winters are not harsh. However, I had a white fig in my garden in zone 6, where winters do freeze. In many years, the tree would freeze to the ground. Come spring, new limbs would appear early enough to produce figs.