How to Buy Fresh Figs
- Fresh figs should be handled with care and packed carefully.
- The skin colour of figs depends on the cultivar but healthy figs will always have a rich colour.
- Look for shapely, plump figs with un-bruised, unbroken skin and mild fragrance.
- Figs should be soft to the touch, but not mushy.
- Somewhat shrivelled figs, as if beginning to dry will be particularly sweet.
- Sour smelling figs indicate spoilage.
How to Buy Dried Figs
- When buying packaged dried figs make sure the wrapping is un-broken. The figs should yield slightly when gently squeezed through the package.
- Watch out for mouldy or sour smelling dried figs.
- String figs are usually imported from Greece from October to December. They should be firm and clean.
How to Store Figs
- To ripen slightly unripened figs, place them on a plate at room temperature, away from the sunlight and turn them frequently.
- Keep ripe fresh figs in the fridge, on a paper towel. Cover with a plastic wrap and eat within 2-3 days.
- Always handle figs with care as they bruise easily.
- Store dried figs at cool room temperature or in the Fridge. Keep them wrapped otherwise they’ll become dry and hard.
- Dried figs can keep for several months.
- They can also be frozen, thawed to room temperature and used.