SYCOMORE FIG (Ficus sycomorus) comes from East Africa and is the ‘sycomore’ of the Bible. Its small figs are edible, but are insipid compared to the Common Fig. The durable wood was used in ancient Egypt to make mummy cases.

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Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p33