Asked by: Glayds Liss
asked in category: General Last Updated: 22nd January, 2020

Do Mission figs have wasps in them?

If a female burrows into a female fig, she can't lay her eggs and dies of starvation. However, she does bring pollen into the internal flowers of the fig, pollinating it. So yes, there is at least one dead wasp inside the figs that we like to eat.

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Similarly one may ask, why do figs have a wasp inside?

“If a fig wasp enters a female fig accidentally… there is no room in the interior for it to reproduce. And it cannot escape, because its wings and antennae have broken off. So the wasp dies inside, which is unfortunate but necessary because that's how it delivers the pollen giving us the fruit we love.”

Additionally, do wasps lay eggs in Figs? If the fig is a male, she lays her eggs inside. These hatch into larvae that burrow out, turn into wasps and fly off, carrying fig pollen with them. Luckily for us, the female fig produces an enzyme that digests this wasp completely. The crunchy bits are seeds, not wasp parts.

Likewise, do figs have insects in them?

Fig trees only bear fruit thanks to something called a fig wasp. The wasps are born inside the figs, and when the females hatch, they crawl out to find a new fig in which they can lay their own eggs. So yes, there are definitely dead bugs in figs.

When you eat a fig you eat a wasp?

Figs contain the enzyme ficin that breaks down the female exoskeleton. Well, mostly. When you eat a fig pollinated through mutualism, you are technically eating the wasp, too. But fig wasps are very small, usually only about 1.5 millimeters long.

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