By Alyssa Ideboen

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.

Slice up a handful of figs for a light and refreshing snack.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Cut the fruit lengthwise into quarters and serve immediately.

Step 4

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