The luxury of enjoying a luscious ripe fresh fig is truly an extraordinary experience. A sweet, honeyed taste and a soft texture make fresh figs a far cry from the dried figs most people know. Fresh Figs can be very fragile. It’s pretty rare to find perfect, unmarred fresh figs. The good news is that perfection is not really what you’re looking for. Slightly wrinkled (but still plump) and even split figs (as long as they are not or leaking), are what you actually want. A bit of bend at the stem and a slight weariness to the skin both indicate better ripeness and flavor that the perfect shiny skin figs just don’t have. Avoid figs that look shrunken, are oozing from their splits, have milky liquid around the stem, are super squishy, or have any sign of mold. Figs soften if left at room temperature, but they will not sweeten, so find ones that are already ripe. Choose figs that feel plump, tender, and heavy for their size, and smell like honey at the stem. Any sign of a stickiness on the fig indicates over ripeness.