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Fig Flavors

Three basic fig flavors

Sugar. Honey. Berry.

  • Sugar figs have brown or amber pulp. Plain sweet or various sugar flavor. Dark skin, often dark purple, ranging through any of many shades of brown, red, blue, or black.
  • Honey figs have golden pulp, ranging to caramel. Honey-like or agave nectar flavor. Yellow skin.
  • Berry figs have purple or red pulp. Various strawberry jam based flavors. Green skin or any of many shades of dark skin.

Three main berry flavors – intense strawberry jam mixes

Resin Berry. Berry Punch. Citric Berry.

(Resin Berry is also known as “Bordeaux” flavor; Berry Punch is also known as “Berry” or “Dark Berry” flavor; Citric Berry is also known as “Adriatic” flavor)
  • Resin berry figs have red pulp. Strawberry jam and tannic flavor. Dark maroon, purple, or black skin.
  • Berry punch figs have purple or red pulp. Mixed berry, strawberry jam based flavor. Dark skin, often dark purple or black, unless mottled with light colors.
  • Citric berry figs have red pulp. Strawberry jam and acidic flavor. Green skin.

Three between flavors

Sugar-Berry. Caramel. Honey-Berry.

  • Sugar-berry figs have light maroon pulp. Sweet fruity flavor. Dark skin.
  • Caramel figs have beige to tawny pulp. Various sugar or mild honey flavors. Dark skin.
  • Honey-berry figs have blush or red pulp. Fruit juice with honey flavor. Yellowish or greenish skin.

Most fig varieties can be found on a flavor triangle, in which fig flavors correlate with pulp colors and somewhat with skin colors across a diverse spectrum

big-fig-triangle-new-purple

Sugar figs have a plain sweet taste, often very sweet, sometimes with a maple flavor or various off-sugar flavors.

Honey figs have the flavor of honey, sometimes tending to caramel, or to agave nectar flavor.

The in-between berry flavors of sugar-berry and honey-berry have more of a general berry or fruity flavor and less of the strawberry jam flavor of the resin, citric, and berry punch figs. 

While flavor is found to a limited extent in the skin and in the flesh between the skin and pulp, most fig flavor concentrates in the gel pulp of figs, per the photos above, and below.

Berry Punch

Honey

Sugar

Citric Berry

Honey Berry

Caramel

Resin Berry

Sugar Berry

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