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With its thin, delicate skin and deeply succulent flesh, a ripe fig makes for a perfect after-dinner treat -- providing an excellent source of protein along with a mild, sweet flavor. Minimal preparation is necessary to make this juicy fruit ready for eating.

Wash fresh figs in cool water. Their skin bruises easily, so handle carefully.

Place the figs on a cutting board and slice off their stems.

Cut the fruit lengthwise into quarters and serve immediately.

Refrigerate leftover figs for up to two days by placing a single layer in a covered plastic container lined with paper towels.

Tip

Pare off bruised sections of the fruit with a small paring knife.

Warning

Do not consume figs that appear moldy or have a sour smell.

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