How to Buy and Store Figs

How to Buy Fresh Figs

  1. Fresh figs should be handled with care and packed carefully.
  2. The skin colour of figs depends on the cultivar but healthy figs will always have a rich colour.
  3. Look for shapely, plump figs with un-bruised, unbroken skin and mild fragrance.
  4. Figs should be soft to the touch, but not mushy.
  5. Somewhat shrivelled figs, as if beginning to dry will be particularly sweet.
  6. Sour smelling figs indicate spoilage.
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How to Buy Dried Figs

  1. When buying packaged dried figs make sure the wrapping is un-broken. The figs should yield slightly when gently squeezed through the package.
  2. Watch out for mouldy or sour smelling dried figs.
  3. String figs are usually imported from Greece from October to December. They should be firm and clean.

How to Store Figs

Fresh Figs

  1. To ripen slightly unripened figs, place them on a plate at room temperature, away from the sunlight and turn them frequently.
  2. Keep ripe fresh figs in the fridge, on a paper towel. Cover with a plastic wrap and eat within 2-3 days.
  3. Always handle figs with care as they bruise easily.

Dried Figs:

  1. Store dried figs at cool room temperature or in the Fridge. Keep them wrapped otherwise they’ll become dry and hard.
  2. Dried figs can keep for several months.
  3. They can also be frozen, thawed to room temperature and used.

Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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