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How should I select figs?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics

Because figs are a "fancy" produce item, they are packed carefully and are therefore usually beautifully displayed in markets. Color differs with variety, but healthy figs have a rich color. Mission figs will be nearly black. Look for plump shapely figs with unbruised, unbroken skins and mild fragrance. Sour smelling figs mean they are spoiled. Ripe figs should be soft to the touch but not mushy. If figs are shriveled like they are beginning to dry, they will be particularly sweet. Size is not an indication of quality. When buying packages of dried figs, check for unbroken wrapping. The figs should be able to be gently squeezed through the package. Watch out for moldy or sour smelling figs.

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