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Figs are ripening two months early — sweet!

July 12, 2015
Big figs, dripping with water from recent rain and

Big figs, dripping with rain water on the outside and already pretty juicy on the inside.

One of my favourite green fig trees in the Fairview neighbourhood is already yielding ripe fruit, nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Last year, it was well into September before I was able to pluck properly ripe fruit off any of the four fig trees that I patronize between Spruce Street and Cambie Street.

One of this year's precocious, nearly-ripe, figs beside a normally developing fig

A precociously near-ripe, fig beside one that is right on schedule.

This year, the fruit on three of the trees is just as I’d expect at this point of summer — small and hard — but one of the trees has been a real surprise, developing August-sized fruit by June.

Today a gentle squeeze test showed that many of the figs on this precocious tree were on the cusp of ripeness.

That was amazing enough  for the middle of July but that wasn’t all.

A late summer treat comes early this year

A soft, sugary, melt-in-your-mouth, ripe fig.

A soft, sugary, melt-in-your-mouth, ripe green fig.

The biggest surprise of all was that there were at least three big soft, visibly pendulous, figs that were all but fall-off-the-tree-ripe!

I don’t know much about figs or fig trees; maybe the maturation of the fruit fluctuates from year to year or maybe the long run of very hot dry weather we’ve just gone through in Vancouver helped kick this particular fig tree into high gear.

All I know is that fully ripe green figs are embarrassingly sweet and delicious and I’m going to love enjoying them early this year.

And I’m not telling anyone where the tree is. Click the images to enlarge them.

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