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.
Four main berry flavors – intense strawberry jam mixes
Resin Berry. Punch Berry. Citric Berry. Tannin Berry.
(Resin Berry aka “Bordeaux” flavor; Punch Berry aka “Berry” or “Dark Berry” flavor; Citric Berry aka “Adriatic” flavor)
- Resin berry figs have red pulp. Strawberry jam and tannic flavor. Dark maroon, purple, or black skin.
- Punch Berry figs have purple or red pulp. Mixed berry, strawberry jam and grape 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.
- Tannin berry figs may have more brown or translucence in the red pulp and may have a bitter (tannic) edge to the berry flavor. Thin light green skin may tend toward yellowish tints.
Two between berry and sugar and berry and honey flavors
- Sugar-berry figs have light maroon pulp. Sweet fruity flavor. Dark skin.
- Honey-berry figs have blush or red pulp. Fruit juice with honey flavor. Yellowish or greenish skin.
Two between sugar and honey flavors
- Caramel figs have beige to tan to tawny pulp. Various sugar or mild honey flavors. Dark skin.
- Agave figs have light yellow or gold pulp. Agave nectar flavors or neutral honey. Bright yellow skin.
Most fig varieties can be found on a parallel 10 mode flavor, pulp & skin (FPS) color range, in which fig flavors correlate with pulp colors and somewhat with skin colors across a diverse spectrum
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 off-berry flavors of resin berry and tannin berry may have a bitter (resinous or tannic) taste that seems to come from the skin, or just underneath it.
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, tannin, and punch berry figs.
While flavor is found to a significant 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.