Look, here are some Sardinian figs (memories of Summer…) taken, just a few minutes before, off the fig tree branch:
Let us check inside. Here you see the Sardinian ones:
Can you see the difference? The fresh-from-the-tree ones are all over the place: they are so ripe they cannot hold their shape. Flavour, we can tell you, goes hand in hand with this type of disarray. Now imagine shipping those figs: if insect don’t have them before arrival, handling will finish them off. The figs will need to be plucked muuuuch too early.
Now for ‘lecture’ number two, a more seasonal one: observe these sharon fruits bought in a posh London supermarket:
Moral: some food, including figs and sharon fruit, just does not travel well. It is pointless to try and buy material that will prove for sure desperately substandard, unripe, unreal, unrewarding (and moreover, at inflated prices). Our advice is: save a few pounds in the supermarket and use those savings to buy a flight ticket – if the figs do not travel to you, you should travel to the figs!