View Full Version : Why fresh figs burn my mouth so bad?
08-20-2007, 11:57 PM
I love fresh figs. Unfortunately they burn my mouth so bad that it hurts long after I ate them. All of them do it-from different sources. I am just wondering what they do to my stomach lining...
What's up with that?
08-21-2007, 12:06 AM
Sounds like a Psychosomatic process causing oral dysesthesia from the abrasions caused by the figs' skin.
I get this, too. Can you try and peel them?
08-21-2007, 09:13 PM
oh, I never tried to peel the figs- it sounds like to much trouble. I did try to put them in a smoothie and that made effect a little less pronounced, but I still got my mouth slightly sore even with quick rinse afterwards.
08-21-2007, 11:35 PM
I get that too. I ate a whole bunch of black mission figs for dinner and my tongue is still stinging! Ha ha.
I had a different kind of fig fresh off a tree once and had no stinging from it.
08-22-2007, 12:25 AM
-Under-ripe figs certainly do this. Eating lots of them can also do this. As mentioned, peeling them is a great idea.....or popping the tops off....and allowing them to ripen for a day or two in the refrigerator. Limit consumption to a reasonable amount to avoid the fig-mouth blues.
-David Z. Mason
08-22-2007, 10:28 AM
My friend owns a fig orchard. Needless to say, I am blessed yearly with an abundance of figs.... I have even turned them inside-out and just eaten the innards. As long as my mouth doesn't touch the skin, I eat as many as I want, but as soon as my mouth touches that skin...it's over. I have to stop eating them for a few days!! Isn't that strange?:eek:
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