ancient carbonised Fig, dried for human consumption and discovered
eight miles north of Jericho at Gilgal 1, proved to have been
a domesticated mutant selectively propagated by local people
11,400 years ago. In this variety of Fig, known as parthenocarpic,
the fruit develops without insect pollination and is prevented
from falling off the tree allowing it to ripen. This edible
Fig would not have survived if not for human intervention.
Highfield - Daily Telegraph Friday, June 2, 2006