Are Figs Vegan?
Yes, figs are vegan! So, why are people confused?
What are Figs?
Figs are not fruit; they are inverted flowers. They bloom internally, and like all flowers, they are pollinated by insects. For figs, it is the fig wasp that pollinates them.
The female fig wasp climbs in through the opening of an inverted flower to lay her eggs. The wasp dies inside the fig, but this is where her babies gestate. Once hatched, the larvae wiggle free from the fig. The mother wasp is then digested and becomes one with the fruit, thus pollinating it. The process of pollination is a natural and necessary process for both the fig and the wasp.
So how are Figs Vegan?
While, in my opinion, the process is gross, it is entirely vegan. It is a natural function of both the wasp and the fig. Neither would exist without the other. Whether you eat figs or not is entirely a personal choice.
Benefits of Figs
Figs are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B’s, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron. Luckily, there are so many nutrient-dense plant foods. If you skip figs, you certainly won’t be missing anything essential on a plant-based diet.
Conclusion | Are Figs Vegan?
You may find those who want to argue that all animal death should be avoided, that is their prerogative but that isn’t what veganism is about. Veganism is defined as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.“
Veganism is an ethical stance on the human exploitation of animals. You won’t find vegans trying to save the antelope from the lions, and you certainly won’t find me trying to save the wasps from the figs.