There is nothing like a ripe fig. Sweet, honey-like, floral… the flavor is not to be missed.
Yet a fig that is picked before its time is a sad, sad thing.
Today I’m going to show you in photos how to pick a ripe fig. The color of your figs will vary by type; however, the basic information will not.
One thing I’ve seen people do too often is pick a fig the day BEFORE it’s ready. That’s easy enough to do. After all, you don’t want the birds to steal it – and it’s right there and looks like it needs picking – so…
No. Resist. We’ll take a look at that almost-ready fig in a moment, but first, let’s start with a totally unripe specimen.
This fig is obviously not ready:
|An unripe fig.
See how it sticks out straight from the tree? And lacks color? Those are both signs of immaturity. If it’s not a little soft, it also means do not pick!
Here’s a fig that’s ALMOST ready:
|This fig is almost there – but not quite! Check it tomorrow!
That would be easy to pick now. The color has come in and it looks about ready. The giveaway is the step – see how it’s still straight? That means wait!
Here is what a ripe fig looks like:
You know this fig is ripe because it’s soft, the surface is cracking a bit, and it’s drooping. This fig is at peak ripeness. If you don’t pick it, it will be overripe tomorrow and is likely to have attracted fruit flies or other insects that enjoy figs as much as we do.
If your fig is soft, dropping and full of color, it’s ready. Pick it and enjoy – they don’t keep long.
So there you have it. That’s how you can tell if a fig is ripe. Enjoy them at their peak and they’re marvelous.
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