At what stage do you pick your figs?
I have always waited until mine get kind of wrinkled and dark colored, I make preserves with them and they are sweeter at that stage. But the last few years I have had more bee and bird problems. So I'm thinking about picking them when they droop and slightly change color next year. They are good for fresh eating at this stage but not as sweet. I really don't want to have to add sugar to my preserves, but I will. Or can I just simmer them longer?
Netting is out of the question because my fig tree is 20+ feet tall 30 feet in diameter. It has set roots on the lower limbs so it is kinda like a bunch of trees attached to one main tree!