kadota figs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by NDOM
May 17, 2010
in 11/08 i planted a Kadota fig tree. It is just starting to develope about 3 doz figs, some are an inch in dia. questions: when do you pick them? what color are they when they are ripe? will they ripen off the tree? How large are they at maturity, in inches?

I live in Scottsdale, Az

now you know i know nothing about figs...


Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010
The only thing you really need to know about figs is how wonderful they taste! Kadota figs will have a thick green skins and a creamy amber color inside when ripe. It's difficult to predict exactly when they will ripen because hot weather hastens the ripening. However, when almost ripe, the fig exudes a drop of "honey" from the bottom of the fruit -- this prevents invasion by ants and other insects. Best of all, birds are confused by the color and don't know when the figs are ripe so they generally leave them alone. The kadota fig is almost round--rather pear shaped--and the size of a key lime with a stem curling out. The figs will not ripen once they are picked so you'll want to wait until they are completely ripe before harvesting them. Just watch for the drop of honey at the base of the fruit and you'll know it's almost time to pick. Enjoy your figs!

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