Sacramento, California - According to the California Fresh Fig Growers Association, the 2018 California Fresh Fig season is well underway and will continue through mid-December. This year’s crop is as sweet as ever with lots of colors, shapes and sizes to enjoy.

“When you see them, buy them,” says Karla Stockli, Chief Executive Office of the California Fresh Fig Growers Association. “You’ll see different varieties throughout the season and they each have their own unique flavor and texture. Try them all to find your favorite.”

In California, there are six primary varieties of figs:

  • Black Mission. Purple and black skin with deep earthy flavor.
  • Calimyrna. Pale yellow skin with a buttery and nutty flavor.
  • Kadota. Creamy amber skin with a light flavor.
  • Brown Turkey. Light purple to black skin with robust flavor.
  • Sierra. Light-colored skin with a fresh, sweet flavor.
  • Tiger. Light yellow color with unique dark green stripes and a bright red-purple interior fruit with fruity, raspberry, citrus flavor.

California is the sole producer of figs in the United States, due to the advantages of its Mediterranean climate. Figs are also grown in the countries of Turkey, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.