How to Choose Perfect Figs?
Did you know fresh figs are one of the more perishable fruits? When you find yourself at the market staring down a tiny basket, make sure you’ll have the chance to use them in the next few days. Rare is the customer who finds perfect, unmarred fresh figs. Now here’s the question: how to choose the very best figs?
In this article, we are going to tell you more about these juicy figs. You can find out more about figs, how figs taste like and interesting facts about figs in our other articles. Also, you may read a similar topic about how to select the best raisins.
What are different types of figs, which one is better?
There are more than one hundred and fifty different types of figs that vary in color and texture.
Some of the most popular fig types are:
- Black Mission: dark purple skin with pink colored flesh
- Kadota: green skin with a purplish flesh
- Calimyrna: green-yellow skin with a golden flesh
- Brown Turkey: purple skin with a red flesh
- Adriatic: the type most often used to make fig bars, which has light green skin and pink-tan flesh
Black Mission and Brown Turkey figs are more common in stores, but a wide variety of figs, including pale green Kadota and striped Adriatic figs, is more accessible fresh. While there are definite differences in their flavor and sugar level, all of them do more or less taste like figs, so there’s no reason to be cautious of trying a new type. But if you prefer the ripe ones, you should check these factors:
How to Know When a Fig is Ripe?
Texture: Figs Become softer as they ripen, like a peach when ripe, but they shouldn’t be mushy or fall apart!
Color: Figs come in all shades from yellow, brown, red to deep purple, black and others! So, you should know what color the ripe fig is. The most ordinarily grown figs like Brown Turkey and Celeste are golden yellow when ripe.
Read on if you want to know more about picking tips of figs:
How to Choose and Buy Perfect figs?
Choose soft, plump fruits with whole, curved stems. Fewer bruises or cuts are usually harmless, but avoid buying dark, cracked figs. Figs are delicate. Rare is the customer who finds perfect, unmarked fresh figs. Lucky for the rest of us, lightly wrinkled (but still fleshy) and even split figs (as long as they are not leaking), are what you want. A bit of curve at the stem and a small dullness to the skin both show better ripeness and taste that tease shiny skins and stems that seem like they’re still grasping for the tree.
Avoid figs that look wrinkled, leaking from their splits, have milky juice around the stem, or are too squishy. It also may look obvious, but just to make sure you know what to look for, avoid figs with any hint of mold.
Just try to choose wisely!
That’s it, guys.
Hope you enjoyed this article.