The sycomore fig, Ficus sycomorus, is a large tree with a thick trunk and leathery leaves. Because of their size and texture, these may be the kind of fig leaves referred to in Genesis 3:7 because no other species of fig is native to the Middle East. The fruits are borne directly on the trunk of the tree. They are considerably smaller than the common fig in taste but were once widely eaten (I Chronicles 27:28). In order for the sycomore fig to produce choice fruits, the developing figs must be cut or oiled. This was a humble job as noted by the prophet Amos who said of himself "...and I also took care of sycamore fig trees" (Amos 7:14).
The sycomore fig was once widespread in Israel (I Kings 1:27, II Chronicles 1:15 and 9:27). Most of the trees have been cut to make coffins as the sycomore fig is one of the few trees in the region to obtain a girth great enough for this use. Sycomore fig is no longer important commercially although I have eaten fruits sold in the market in Gaza.