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Do figs have bees in them?

Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

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As the Huffington Post points out, figs arenotfruit– they're actually inverted flowers. As such,theyrequire a specific kind of pollination that can only comefromfig wasps– wasps that have to die insidethefruit in order for the fruit to mature, since figs cannotbepollinated by wind or normal bees.

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In this way, are there bees in Figs?

they are inverted flowers. Because fig flowersbloominternally, they need a special process for pollination.Theycannot rely on the wind or bees to spread their pollen?that's where the fig wasp comes in.

Similarly, how is a fig pollinated? Fig Pollination Is Incredible (AndProbablyResults In You Eating Mummified Wasps) In order topollinatethe plant, a female wasp enters an unripe, malefig (not theones we eat) and lays her eggs. Once thenewborns hatch, they allmate, and the males—born withoutwings—chew a tunnelout of the fig.

Considering this, do figs have bugs in them?

And they're right, as it turns out. Fig treesonlybear fruit thanks to something called a fig wasp. Thewaspsare born inside the figs, and when the females hatch,theycrawl out to find a new fig in which they can lay theirowneggs. So yes, there are definitely dead bugsinfigs.

Do Vegans eat figs?

Vegans, as far as practicable, shouldavoideating any animals or animal products. The waysomevarieties of fig are pollinated means every edible fruitofsome fig varieties contain at least one dead wasp –soby eating a fig, you are eating a deadinsect.So far, so not vegan.

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