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ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Anjeer, Common Fig • Hindi: अंजीर Anjeer • Marathi: अंजीर Anjeer • Tamil: Simaiyatti • Kannada: ಅಂಜೂರ Anjura ಸೀಮೆಅತ್ತಿ Seeme atthi • Konkani: अंजीर Anjir • Urdu: انجیر Anjeer • Nepali: अन्जीर Anjeer, भोटे दाख Bhote Daakh, नेभारो Nebhaaro
Botanical name: Ficus carica    Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)

Anjeer is a beautiful small tree with a interesting spreading habit. The breadth is often wider than the height of 15 to 30 ft. The bark is a smooth, silvery gray. The leaves of the tree are the identifying feature. They are about 4 in long, and have 3 or 5 lobes. The species name carica means having papaya-like leaves. The fruit, which is called anjeer, may be obovoid, top-shaped, or pear-shaped, 1 to 4 in long, and varies in color from yellowish-green to coppery, bronze, or dark-purple. Anjeer is widely grown for its edible fruit throughout its natural range Iran and also in the rest of the Mediterranean region and other areas of the world. Originally from the Persian region, common fig has been cultivated by humans for over 5000 years.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh & Nasik, Maharashtra.

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