Figs have a short shelf life and should be eaten within a few days. Unlike many more common fruits like mango, banana, papaya, figs do not continue to ripen off the tree. However, figs may still soften if left at room temperature for some time.
How to choose figs?
Ripe figs feel plump and tender when held. It will usually yield a little to touch. Figs are thin-skinned and easily bruised, use as little force as possible. Fresh figs from Figara11 are picked ripe, while figs from the supermarket are picked at lesser ripeness to ensure transportability. May leave at room temperature for a day to soften up before refrigerating them.
Good figs usually should not split and not mushy upon held. Slightly cracked skin is fine, without exposing the flesh of the fig. Wrinkled figs are not a big deal, as it means that the fig is beyond normal sweetness. Though rare, when seeing dew oozing from the ostiole, the little opening at the bottom of fig, that is the prime of figs. The fig is honey sweet and has a jammy texture.
How to know if a fig is not good anymore? Hold the fig and smell, and if it is not sour, it is still good. Moldy parts of a fig usually is first seen at the ostiole. Discard if there is mold identified.
How to store figs?
So you receive your figs from Figara11, what do you do with them? Start eating those figs that is softer to touch first!
Put a layer of tissue paper over the holes of the punnet and ensure the rest of the figs are set on their sides or bottoms-up. This is because figs tend to ripen from the bottom, so the ostiole side is usually more fragile.
Figs last about a week in the refrigerator.
WHAT IF I WANT TO HAVE IT KEPT EVEN LONGER?
Figs, just like berries, are commonly being frozen to lengthen its shelf life. Set them on a waxed baking sheet and solidify them in the freezer. The frozen figs can then be placed into freezer bags or an airtight glass container.