Bursting with an earthy sweetness and warmth, figs are most often eaten dried. But they are uniquely delicious fresh as well. For years, most Americans experienced figs only as the chewy filling of a famous cookie. But figs have been undergoing something of a renaissance and becoming more of an appreciated delicacy, as they were in the times of the Bible. There is also a growing interest in the nutritional benefits of figs, which are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Figs have been shown to be helpful lowering blood pressure, stabilizing diabetes and protecting against macular generation. In the spiritual realm, figs represent the ability to form warm close relationships.