Figs, Black Mission
Grown in California, these are among the most popular figs to eat fresh. These purple-ebony fruits are shaped like a pear or teardrop. The crimson flesh is speckled with tiny edible seeds. The slightly shriveled appearance of this fig is a natural reaction to the sun, not a sign of being overripe. Black Mission figs are also available dried. Figs are in season from mid-June to September. When weather and crop conditions permit, the season may run as late as November.
How to Buy
Figs are fragile and can bruise easily. Look for firm, plump, aromatic figs. Avoid those that are hard or mushy.
How to Store
Figs can be ripened at home at room temperature. Once ripe, refrigerate up to 3 days. To store longer, wrap and freeze up to 6 months. Refrigerate dried figs in an airtight container up to 6 months or freeze up to a year.
Figs are a nutritional bonanza! Four figs provide 5 grams of dietary fiber. One-half cup of figs provides as much calcium as 1/2 cup of milk.