The fig is an ancient flower from Western Asia. The fruit itself is actually an inside-out flower. The magenta inner flesh has a sticky, jam-like texture and a taste like honey.
Figs usually have purple skin. Wrinkly skin isn’t bad, just a sign it might be too sweet. Give it a squeeze. Too mushy is past ripe, too hard is not ripe enough.
Store them at room temperature, but eat them within a few days. Refrigeration dulls the flavor. Figs can be made into cakes and cookies, or cut in halves or thirds and used in kabobs or salads. They can also be eaten as a snack or dessert.