When do you eat them?

catlady4444(7)August 25, 2010


This is my 3rd year with a fig tree, and I tend to wait until they are VERY soft, often split, and they are sweet like a ripe plum and wonderful.

I traded produce yesterday with a lady I found on Craigslist who has "too many figs." Her figs are different varieties from mine. She said they are ripe, but they are somewhat firm, and not very sweet. The softer ones were minimally sweet, not very enjoyable to me. Some of them softened overnight and are much better. We have exchanged a few emails and she is confident that they are ripe and ready to eat. Is she picking them too soon? Do you eat your figs semi-soft? If they are ripe, are they at their sweetest? In other words, do you think she is eating under-ripe figs or am I eating over-ripe ones?

Thanks for your input!


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harvey12(z7 NC)

To each his own! It is a matter of preference and fig variety. My Celeste figs are sweet as soon as they first turn brown, but my Magnolia figs are bland and tasteless until full ripe. Even the Celeste figs are much sweeter when they are dead ripe, but they are sweet and edible much sooner than the Magnolia. If your fig friend is happy with her unripe figs, let her eat them early. I would prefer to wait. There is always a trade-off. If I wait until my Magnolia figs are ripe, the birds always get them before the next day, so I tend to pick them at an unripe stage and let them ripen "on the shelf" for a day or so. Not as good, but at least I get them instead of the birds!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 10:28AM
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Ann, I am with you. I dont pick the figs until they start cracking, and then wait a few days. To me it is an unbelievable waste of time and energy to grow your own fig tree and then pick unripe fruit. If I did that I might as well eat the store bought figs and grow pears that ripen off tbe tree instead of figs which only ripen on the tree.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 7:59PM
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Thank you...ejp3, I think you summed it up well. I sadly must say that they got moldy before they were what I'd call enjoyable and I just threw them in the compost.

I think the lady is mad at me, but I couldn't pretend they were delicious!

Thanks for the moral support,


    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 6:02AM
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