Although they are often confused with figs , and although it is a fruit that is obtained precisely from the fig tree (a tree that belongs to the family of the Moraceae), the truth is that the brevas they correspond really with the first fruit that annually gives the fig tree, while the fig corresponds with the second harvest of this same tree.
The fig tree is a tree native to the Mediterranean, while both figs and figs have always been highly valued by different cultures settled on the shores of the Mediterranean.
While the best time to enjoy the figs is during the fall (hence they are ideal fruits against the so-called autumnal asthenia ), the brevas can be found in markets and greengrocers during the months of June and July, in the middle of summer.
Benefits of the brevas
The brevas , like the figs, stand out from a nutritional point of view for their richness in carbohydrates, which our organism transforms into glucose to obtain the energy it needs. They are interesting, therefore, for all those people who need an extra energy contribution.
One of its main benefits is that it is an easily digestive fruit, while acting as an emollient helps to soften the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. We can consider them as a laxative food, thanks to its high fiber content.
Its use is recommended in pregnant women, during breastfeeding, in children and adolescents, and also for athletes. Also in people with high cholesterol , precisely because of its high fiber content.
Before the brevas have matured (that is, they are green) they present an interesting antioxidant action, being rich in provitamin A. They help, therefore, to reduce the risk of cancer, degenerative and cardiovascular diseases, while neutralizing the action negative of free radicals.