If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been waiting to taste my first ripe fig – ever. Well, today was the day! All I can say is WOW!!! The wait has been worth it. A couple weeks ago or so, I had two ripe figs that I missed; and they stayed on the tree too long and bugs were eating them. So, they went into the compost pile. I was then determined to find out EXACTLY when the figs on my Celeste fig tree were ripe. Here’s my journey in pictures.
I harvested the first fig when it was just starting to feel soft. (Sorry, for the fuzzy picture.) It smelled very unripe, so I knew I had picked it too early.
I waited four more days and harvested another fig that was a little further along in ripeness. It was softer and more golden, but the inside still smelled “green.”
I waited six more days (today), and harvested two more – one more ripe than the other. The first one could’ve stayed on the tree another day or two. I tasted this one (my first taste of a fresh fig). It was semi-sweet with a little “green” after taste.
The second fig I harvested today was the bomb! I have found my ripe fig! When the skin is golden brown and waxy looking with cracks in it, it’s done. I dug into it with a spoon, ate all the insides, then plopped the skin into my mouth. It was amazing! The taste was sugary sweet like candy.
On my tree there are two figs that should be ripe tomorrow or the next day. I will be searching my tree daily for these sugary droplets of heaven. If enough ripen at one time, I’m going to make fig preserves. I bet THAT would be heaven!
Do you have a fig tree? When are your figs ripe? How do you eat them?