When to Pick Figs? All Knowledge

When to Pick Figs? All Knowledge

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Figs are one of the tastiest fruits; picking them can be a fun and rewarding experience. But knowing the best time to pick figs for the most delicious ones is essential. So let’s look at some tips for picking figs that will ensure you get sweet, juicy fruits no matter what kind of climate you live in!

The best time to pick figs is when they are ripe and ready. The signs of ripeness vary by variety, but you should generally look for a plump fruit, darkening in color and slightly soft to the touch. You can gently squeeze it to ensure it’s not too hard or mushy. If there is any resistance, it may still be immature. When harvesting your figs, don’t bruise them, as this will cause them to spoil quickly after being picked!

Factors that affect the ripening of figs

Several factors can affect the ripening of figs, including climate, soil conditions, and the age of the tree. Warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight are important for figs to ripen properly. In cooler climates or during periods of heavy rain, the ripening process may be delayed. Soil conditions also play a role in fig ripening, with well-draining soil and appropriate fertilization helping to support healthy growth and ripening.

The age of the fig tree can also impact the ripening process. Young trees may take longer to produce ripe figs, while older trees may have a more consistent and predictable ripening schedule.

Will figs ripen if you pick them green?

Yes, some varieties of figs will ripen if you pick them green. However, this does not guarantee that the fruit will be as sweet or juicy as it would have been had you left it on the tree until ripe. It’s best to wait for full ripeness before harvesting your figs to get the best flavor and texture possible.

How do you pick figs off a tree?

When picking figs off a tree, use two hands and gently pluck the fruits upward. Avoid jerking or yanking on the branch, as this can cause damage to the tree. Also, be sure to pull only a little, as you may end up with unripe or overripe figs that are no longer edible. Please place each fruit in a basket or box for transport home.

Using the “neck” test to check for fig maturity

One common method for determining the maturity of figs is the “neck” test. This involves gently bending the fig near the stem and checking to see if there is a small opening, or “neck,” at the base of the fruit. If the neck is present, it indicates that the fig is fully mature and ready to harvest.

The neck test is a simple and reliable way to check for fig maturity, but it may not be applicable to all fig varieties. Some figs may not develop a noticeable neck, or the neck may not appear until the fig is overripe. In these cases, other methods, such as checking for color and texture, maybe more reliable indicators of fig maturity.

What month do figs ripen?

The ripening season for figs varies depending on the variety and your climate, but typically they will be ready to harvest in late summer or early fall. The exact timing can range from July to October in many places, so it’s best to keep a close eye on your tree during the latter part of the growing season:

Brown Turkey ripens in mid-August

Black Mission ripens in late August

Kadota ripens in early September

Sierra ripens in early September

Calimyrna ripens mid to late September

Celeste ripens mid to late September

Brunswick ripens in late October/early November

Violette de Bordeaux ripens from Late October through Early December

White Adriatic ripens Mid December Through January

Osbourne Prolific ripens Late August Into Early September

The importance of harvesting figs at the right time

Harvesting figs at the right time is crucial to achieving the best possible flavor and sweetness. If figs are harvested too early, they may be underripe and lacking in flavor. On the other hand, if they are left on the tree too long, they can become overripe and start to spoil, losing flavor and texture. Harvesting figs at the right time requires careful attention and monitoring.

Will figs ripen if picked early?

Figs will only ripen if picked in time or close to it. The key to getting the sweetest, juiciest fruits is waiting until they are ripe. If you pick them green and try to let them ripen off the tree, it’s unlikely that they will become as flavorful as those that were left on the tree until fully ripe.

How long a shelf life do figs have?

Figs can last up to a week if stored properly in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep them longer, it’s best to freeze or preserve them, as this will help extend their shelf life. Just make sure they are scorched and free of any moisture before freezing!

What can be done to extend the shelf life of figs?

The best way to extend the shelf life of figs is by preserving them. This can be done by drying, freezing, or canning. When reserving your figs, sterilize clean glass jars before adding the fruit. Also, try to remove as much air from the container as possible when storing it to prevent mold growth.

If you want to indulge in the deliciousness of figs, now is the time! Look for plump, ripe fruits and carefully pick them off the tree. With some patience and knowledge about when to pick figs, you can enjoy this seasonal treat at its peak flavor. If you’re interested in learning more about growing and harvesting figs, check out our guides on the different varieties of figs, how to care for your tree, and tips on when to pick them. We also have detailed instructions on adequately preserving figs for long-term storage. With these resources, you can enjoy sweet and juicy fruit all season long!

arthur alexander

arthur alexander

My name is Arthur Alexander, and I am a fig farmer. I'm proud to say that the fruits of my labor (figs) have been enjoyed by many over the years! Fig farming might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it has certainly been mine for quite some time now.

Arthur Alexander
Arthur Alexander

My name is Arthur Alexander, and I am a fig farmer. I'm proud to say that the fruits of my labor (figs) have been enjoyed by many over the years! Fig farming might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it has certainly been mine for quite some time now.

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My name is Arthur Alexander, and I am a fig farmer. I’m proud to say that the fruits of my labor (figs) have been enjoyed by many over the years! Fig farming might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has certainly been mine for quite some time now.

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