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André Troylilas
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This year, I found a technique that works wonder in producing more figs (pinching each and every new growth from june to september).
I had quite a lot of figs, but now that the cold is there, I have tons of unripe figs, and the leaves are about to fall down, and frost is at our door.
Could I use them as a vegetable? Like a summer squash, or something like that?
I just hate loosing all those "fruits".

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The latex in unripe figs may be toxic and cause internal irritation.  http://www.harnett.org/coop/september-13-2007-ask-the-hort-agent.asp
 
André Troylilas
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I hadn't thought of that. Too bad.
Thanks a lot for your answer.
 
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A weather event is keeping me from being able to research this or to look at Tyler's link.  I think I have eaten some that were not quite ripe without any ill effects.  I wonder if they will ripen like tomatoes or bananas do when picked green.  Try putting a few in a closed paper sack to see what happens.

 
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I'm happy to say there is something to do with them!   There are places that only use them green, I learned from my family in ecuador.  Higo confitado is one name:
For every  Kilo of green figs
1 liter of water
500 g brown sugar or panela
1 cinnamon stick
1 strip of orange peel
Cook/ boil the figs about 2 hours.
I got the recipe here: http://www.lacucharinamagica.com/2013/09/higos-confitados.html
I have always done it without a recipe.  It is sort of fool proof, add water, dark sugar and cinnamon.
Eat them with cheese

 
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Perfect, thanks a lot for the tip!
 
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Figs don't ripen much once they are picked, so they are not like a tomato in this. I find that if the fig is partially ripe, that they can be dried just fine. The flavor won't be quite as intense as the truly ripe dried figs are, but they are still pretty good.

I don't have any suggestions for the truly green figs, except are you sure the "green figs" aren't figs waiting for next years early crop? Is your tree and ever bearing fig or a 2 crops a year tree

I have 2 fig trees, one an ever bearing fig, it sets fruit in late spring/early summer, starts bearing in mid July and keeps going until the weather gets cold and rainy. The other fig has 2 crops a year. The first crop in early July is the overwinter crop, these figs set their crop in September/October, with new figs popping out all over the tree. If the winter was mild some rather large figs and lots of small of figs will hang on this tree thru the cold and finally ripen in July. A cold winter can kill off a lot of my over winter crop, which is the draw back of this variety. The second crop is the fall crop which ripens in late September and can run well into October. The fall crop figs set their fruit in spring and summer, and this fruit is more prolific, but sometimes the weather turns wet and cold before they ripen.

I guess the thing to do is to figure out if the figs you have are just a little late to ripen this year, if so, then I'd try the recipe up the thread. I your figs are a long way from ripe, then leave them on the tree for next summer and hope for a mild winter.


 
André Troylilas
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This fig tree is supposed to give two crops a year, but the winter is never mild enough for the figs to overwinter.
There are always a few figs that overwinter, but they never get ripe, they just rot and fall down in the summer.
This year however, the number of figs is too big for me to ignore them.
Thanks.
 
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