There is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds.

Figs grow on the Ficus tree (Ficus carica), which is a member of the Mulberry family.

Figs range dramatically in color and subtly in texture depending upon the variety.

For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened figs: as fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase.

You should store them either arranged on a paper towel-lined plate or shallow container.

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