FAQ

Where can I find California Figs?

California Figs are available at most major grocery retailers. Fresh figs are available May – November and can be found in the produce section. Dried figs are available year-round and can be found in the produce section or snacking aisle with other dried fruits.

How can I tell if my figs are California Figs?

Look for California Grown or Product of USA. 100% of dried figs and 98% of fresh figs grown commercially in the U.S. are from California.

When can I find California Fresh Figs?

California Fresh Figs are available mid-May through November. The season can vary slightly from year to year due to the weather. The availability is also different for each variety. For example, Black Mission are available mid-May through November while Tiger Figs are available mid-July through November. Click here (INSERT LINK WHEN LIVE ON WEBSITE) to download variety chart.

Why can’t I find California Fresh Figs near me?

California Fresh Figs are in season May – November and at least one variety should be available at most major grocery retailers. However, if you can’t find California Fresh Figs, ask the produce manager to carry them or try California Dried Figs as a substitute for snacking or an ingredient.

How long will fresh figs last?

Fresh figs are perishable and should be kept refrigerated. The ideal temperature is 32 to 36 degrees F. Refrigerated at these temperatures, fresh figs typically last 5 to 7 days but can store for up to 2 weeks.

How do I know fresh figs are ripe?

Select plump, fragrant figs that have a little give when touched. The fruit should be soft and yielding to the touch, but not mushy. You can also smell the fruit. If it smells slightly sour, it has already begun to ferment. When figs get beyond their prime, they begin to collapse inward and lose their round shape.

How long will dried figs last?

Dried figs can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 month. When stored in the refrigerator, the figs will last from 6 months to 1 year.

How do I store fresh figs?

Fresh figs are perishable and should be kept refrigerated. The ideal temperature is 32 to 36 degrees F. Store fresh figs in a shallow container. Wash them just before eating.

How do I store dried figs?

Dried figs should be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry place. They can also be stored in the refrigerator to increase their shelf life.

I’ve heard that there are wasps in figs. Is this true?

Did you know figs are technically an inverted flower, not a fruit? That means pollination is needed for figs to survive and thrive. However, 99% of California Grown Figs are self-pollinating. The one variety of fig tree still remaining in California that is pollinated by wasps is being replaced by a new fig tree variety with the goal of 100% self-pollinating fig trees in California. Another reason to look for the CA Grown seal!

How do you eat a fresh fig?

Simply trim off the stem and enjoy. All other parts of the fig – skin, seeds, flesh – can be eaten. Eat figs whole, or slice or quarter them for salads and other delicious recipes.

Is the fig stem edible?

Fig stems are digestible; however, we recommend removing the stem on both dried and fresh figs because of the hard, chewy texture.

Can I freeze figs?

Individually quick-frozen fresh figs will keep up to 3-6 months in the freezer. Just wash thoroughly, sort any very soft ones to eat immediately, arrange whole ripe figs on a wax paper-lined baking sheet so that they are not touching each other and freeze. When frozen solid, transfer to resealable plastic bags. Thaw and eat as desired.

Keep in mind that freezing will change the texture and the fresh figs will be much softer when thawed. They are very good, but you might prefer to simmer them in a sweet or savory liquid to serve. Or they may be sweetened, cooked, and puréed before freezing to serve as toppings for ice cream, puddings, and other desserts.

Do figs have a lot of sugar?

California Grown Fresh or Dried Figs contain no added sugars. The naturally occurring sugars are a source of carbohydrates that make California Figs an all-natural energy source, perfect for an afternoon snack or a quick energy boost before a game or workout. Figs also provide disease-fighting antioxidants, calcium, and fiber.