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Sorry Im not better at searching, ripeness Q?

Posted by ladygabe SNJ (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 23, 10 at 7:22

One of my Kadota figs is nearing maturity...I think. The navel at the bottom of the fig is bright red and the fig itself is now bigger than a quarter and its starting to droop :-)...so when should I pick it?

I tried to do a search but honestly...its not the best search engine. like 300 posts came up and none of the ones I read actually answered the Q?

Thanks guys! For your knowledge and your patience :-)

~M


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RE: Sorry Im not better at searching, ripeness Q?

sometimes you get answers faster if you google search. I wish I could help you, but I'm in the same boat. I just remember people here saying that they get pretty soft when they are ripe.
Suzi


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RE: Sorry Im not better at searching, ripeness Q?

When you think it is soft and ripe wait a few more days ;)
Sal


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RE: Sorry Im not better at searching, ripeness Q?

So is it about as big as its going to get?

Thanks guys!


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RE: Sorry Im not better at searching, ripeness Q?

I agree with Sal. Wait and be patient. When you think it's ripe, wait some more. The biggest mistake I made as a novice fig grower was to pick figs too early. You get so excited to taste the fg that you pick it before it's ready and it doesn't have its full flavor.

I've found that ripe figs have a soft and droopy look and texture. Often the skin cracks and the eye opens. The skin looks saggy and wrinkled. When really ripe they come off of the tree with little effort.

Wait and you'll see the changes in the fig. There's a lot more to it than color.

Joe


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