Tim Kivi wrote:When they’re ripe then they’ll be soft and easy to twist off. If it’s a self-pollinating fig tree, the figs should be tasty.
However if it’s a pollinator (Capri) tree, they’ll taste awful even when ripe.
If it’s a hermaphrodite, they’ll be good if the figs last long enough on the tree.
Fig flavours vary vastly depending on the cultivar, like grapes. It’s why there’s a whole fig growers subculture devoted to collecting different flavours.
Dan Allen wrote:I was using the term fruit loosely, because like you said that's how we treat them. I am aware that it is an inverted flower. I assumed that a university publication would be reasonably acceptable proof. I see them called "fruits" in other university publications as well. Semantics aside, I will stand by my position on the basis of commonly accepted knowledge. I read the paper you posted from Tamu.ed, and it also calls figs a fruit and makes no mention of pollenization. I don't see how it's any different than the citation that I gave, they both come from universities, other than that the citation I gave actually touched on pollenization requirements or lack thereof. This is how we learn, by sharing information. I will be happy to accept that my stance is wrong when I see evidence to the contrary. Here is a second university publication, with citations to professors in the footnotes.
HS27/MG214: The Fig - UF/IFAS EDIS - University of Florida