The main types of figs commercially avilable are: Black Genoa (a large purple fig with full flavoured red flesh, White Genoa(a yellow-green fig with mildly flavoured amber flesh), Brown Turkey (a purple-brown fig with very sweet pink-brown flesh) and white adriatic (a bright green fig with red flesh). Figs do not ripen once picked and are very perishable and fragile which is why they are often expensive. Choose fruit that feels heavy with unbruised, unmarked skin. Store in the fridge but eat as soon as possible. Available December-April.