Are birds and insects indicative of ripe fruit?
Hello all. I'm not very knowledgeable about figs.
This is the first year that my fig trees (Brown Turkey and Celeste) have what promises to be a good crop and I want to recover as many as possible.
Search results confuse me. Some people pick figs from the tree, others wait for the figs to fall. Apparently, a ripe fig is one that falls off the tree. However, the birds and insects get the figs before they fall. That is, I have never seen figs on the ground.
So, how much flavor and nutrition do not develop because the fig is picked from the tree when compared to fallen figs? That is, if birds and insects eat the fruit while still on the tree, is the fruit "almost" ready to eat? I usually pick figs from the tree, but since I want to dry/freeze the excess, I want to be sure of what to do.
Thanks for any help.