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Comment: There is a rumor going around that Fig Newton cookies (cakes)
contain the highest amount of bug parts per cookie than any other food
item sold. It is rumored that this because the Fig Wasp's life cycle
centers around the fig plant and is thus harvested with the fig. Is this
true? Are the crunchy bits in a Fig Newton actual Fig Wasp parts?

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Someone misunderstood something here, I think. If the crunch was down to wasp parts, I'm pretty sure people would catch on... [Big Grin]
However, wasps apparently do pollinate fig trees:
Linky linky!

EDIT: I've decided to add that page's crunchy bits in form of a quote:

quote:
(...)Only in small receptive syconia can the female wasp enter the ostiole and push through the inner layer of closely overlapping scales. After this stage the ostiole is virtually impervious to insect entry. Inside she attempts to lay an egg inside the ovary of each female flower by inserting her ovipositor (egg-laying device) down the slender style. In Calimyrna figs this turns out to be a lesson in futility because the styles are all too long (much longer than her ovipositor). She withdraws her ovipositor and moves from one flower to another. In her desperate attempt to lay eggs she inadvertently pollinates the flowers. Eventually she dies from shear exhaustion, or old age, and is broken down by a protein-digesting enzyme (ficin) inside the fig. (...) Female wasps lucky enough to live in a grove of wild caprifigs will be able to carry out their instinctive tasks. She can easily lay eggs inside the short-style flowers of caprifigs and perpetuate her offspring. Some of these may end up in Calimyrna groves the following summer. Lucky for us she can't lay eggs in Calimyrna figs--otherwise we might have a mouthful of fig wasps.
In summary: Your (Calimyrna)figs contain flower-digested wasps, not crunchy wasp bits. And the wasps in question are about two millimetres long, so getting enough of them into your cakes to add texture might be a little too much effort. [Big Grin]
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quote:
Are the crunchy bits in a Fig Newton actual Fig Wasp parts?
No, that's just the catsup.

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We used to have a fig tree. Waspies all OVER dey place.

I dunno if there be waspies in my fig newtons but if there is, all I can say is, I love me some waspie parts. I could eat a whole bag of newtons in one sitting.

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Sorry, I'm stuck on something Opus once said:

"If fig newtons are made from fruit and cake, then what the hell is fruitcake?!?"

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Is this true? Are the crunchy bits in a Fig Newton actual Fig Wasp parts?

Last time I had a fig newton, the crunchy bits looked like SEEDS.

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quote:
Originally posted by Fun with a 9mm:
Last time I had a fig newton, the crunchy bits looked like SEEDS.

Yeah, WASP seeds!

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quote:
Originally posted by snapdragonfly:
We used to have a fig tree. Waspies all OVER dey place.

I dunno if there be waspies in my fig newtons but if there is, all I can say is, I love me some waspie parts. I could eat a whole bag of newtons in one sitting.

The only problem with Fig Newtons is that there is only 2 servings per bag. You open up the yellow outside wrapper and there are 2 stacks of cookies. Some days you might not be hungry and leave 4 or 5 individual cookies, but that really isn't enough for another full snack so you are pretty much obiligated to finish them off anyway.

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That's kind of like those pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. There is ONE pint, right? That means ONE serving! Where do they get off saying there are four??

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quote:
Originally posted by Spamamander:
That's kind of like those pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. There is ONE pint, right? That means ONE serving! Where do they get off saying there are four??

The USDA sets the serving size for all products, so you can compare Ben & Jerry's with Häagen-Dazs.

As a general rule, the label serving size is the same as the serving size in the food pyramid, to help you use the food pyramid.

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Um, Jason...I think the ice cream and cookie serving sizes referenced here are being consumed with tongue in cheek. [Wink]

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Why are they called 'Newtons' in the US? We just call 'em fig rolls.

As an aside, the relationship between the wasp and the fig always represents to me the absolute wonder and precariousness of nature as a whole...

>Ahem!<

>toke<

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Ask and you shall receive:
"Originally, the Fig Newton was just called the Newton. There is an old rumor that James Henry Mitchell, the funnel machine's inventor, named the cookies after that great physicist, Sir Isaac Newton, but that was just a rumor. The cookies were named after the Massachusetts town of Newton, which was close to Kennedy Biscuits. Kennedy Biscuits had a tradition of naming cookies and crackers after the surrounding towns near Boston. The name changed from Newton to Fig Newton, after the original fig jam inside the cookie gained good reviews. Later the name changed to Fig Newton Cookies."

Thank goodnes it wasn't near Barnstable.
Besides, otherwise the song wouldn't rhyme.

"One more time! The big fig newton"

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Thank you Gayle - i'm more of a Chocolate HobNob man myself [Wink]

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My local grocery carries those. I'm going to have to try them.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea:
Thank you Gayle - i'm more of a Chocolate HobNob man myself [Wink]

Hurray! HobNobs! Me! Me! Gimme one! Me!

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quote:
Originally posted by Gayle:
My local grocery carries those. I'm going to have to try them.

You won't be sorry you did. Best with a hot beverage - preferably tea, you understand [lol]

http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/biscuits/previous.php3?item=118

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/off topic

I always found it gently amusing that Taggart (in the eponymous detective show) used to call McVitie (the forensic scientist) "Biscuit".

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FYI Fig Newtons are Nabisco's take on Fig Rolls. Whilst Fig Rolls are better than the Newtons, neither are fit to lace the boots of any member of the Hob Nob family,
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quote:
Originally posted by afternoonteaburger:
FYI Fig Newtons are Nabisco's take on Fig Rolls. Whilst Fig Rolls are better than the Newtons, neither are fit to lace the boots of any member of the Hob Nob family,

Not so - The original fig cakes 'were' Newtons - as per Gayle's post. Few people this side of the pond know they are a US invention.

But aye, gimme a HobNob any day [Wink]

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