My same friend whom asked me about King salmon, also asked about Black mission figs and thier availability. I did some reading on the fig and wanted to share some notes. The Fig, A native of western Asia is a fruit with high sugar content, always popular in the near east and along much of the Meditereanian. In Greece it was foung in the diet of both the rich and poor, particuarly in the winter in dried form. "Nothing sweeter than figs" Aristophanes declared, and their reputation spread far beyond the lands in which they grew until, in the 3rd century bc, Bindusara, king of the Maurya dominions India, wrote to Greece asking for some grape syrup, some figs and a philosopher. Grape syrup and figs, he was told with cool courtesy, would be sent with pleasure, but it was "against the law in Greece to trade in philosophers" In Egypt basketfuls of figs were numbered amoung the tomb furnishings of the dynastic times. They were not always there for the gastronomic enjoyment of the Ka, however. As people, the Egyptians were much preoccupied by their digestions, believing that most illnesses had their source in the alimentary canal, so they would bombard themselves with every remedy they could. The fig which has a mild laxitive properties, must have quilified as thet rare substance, a food that not only tasted good, but was good for you. Undoubtebly mare favored then senna or castor oil that, then as now, were the main alternitive.