With delicate skin, floral sweetness, and luscious texture, fresh figs are worlds away from dried. Varieties include purple-black Mission and pale-green Calimyrna.
In Season: Fresh figs appear from June to early fall.
What to Look For: Figs soften if left at room temperature, but they will not sweeten, so seek out ripe ones; they'll feel plump, tender, and heavy for their size, and smell like honey at the stem. Any sign of a stickiness indicates overripeness.
How to Store: Ripe figs are perishable and easily bruised. Cover and refrigerate in a single layer for up to two days.