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How to Choose Ripe Figs

There’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of a perfectly ripe fig. With a smooth skin, slightly chewy and sweet flesh, and the little bites of seeds, the season doesn’t seem to last long enough and you can use them in both sweet and savory dishes (or just eat them on their own). If you can find fresh figs at your farmer’s market or grocery store, here’s how to make sure they’re ripe:

The main season for figs is late summer and early fall. Look for ones that are plump and tender soft, but not mushy. A sour smell is a good indicator that they’re past their prime.

Whether roasted and used in a tart or simply paired with some prosciutto and bread, figs are a special fruit that you definitely get (if you can find them). Prepare them simply and let the natural flavor and sweetness shine through.