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by Lisa Chaney
on August 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM
Very interesting and well written article!
by Susan
on September 26, 2016 at 3:18 PM
I have found this article to not only be the most accurate and specific but an excellent tool to set people straight about this whole issue. As a science(toxicology, UC,Davis) person turned organic farmer, now in TN, plus a former Chen teacher, I've been annoyed at the not so well explained and misleading info, even on PBS (shame).  
I can't say thank you enough!
by dorothy heldt
on September 30, 2016 at 6:33 AM
so which are the supermarket figs we can eat which are not carnivorous which a vegan can eat?
Reply by Stephen I Morse
on October 3, 2016 at 9:33 AM
Interesting question...  
Our somewhat limited research didn't find much UC information on your question. The original blog post points our that several figs do not need was pollination and would probably be considered "vegan", specifically: Common: Common figs (such as the Brown Turkey), and the first spring crop of the San Pedro fig, and many garden grown figs. Now whether these vegan figs are identified as such in the supermarket you will have to read the labels for type of fig being sold.  
Non-UC information on the web about "vegan" figs is a topic of interest for many vegans/vegetarians. It seems to indicate that ALL (contrary to above and the blog post) edible figs are probably not strictly vegetarian/vegan friendly... however, it also appears that many edible figs are a "natural organic process" and somewhat an individual decision about their "vegan" status... and how "strict" your vegetarian definition is?  
And, while not an MGCC officially endorsed response, Googling provides some web discussions on this topic that you might find of interest in making your own decision about edible figs being vegan friendly.  
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by Matthew Thomson from Canberra
on May 24, 2019 at 2:17 AM
It is true that common figs don't need pollination (because they carry the persistant gene) but that doesn't mean that they weren't pollinated and don't contain dead wasps.  
Some common figs have seeds in them, these seeds are the result of pollination by blastophaga psenes.
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