Anyhow, many of the fruit that were on the plants back then have dropped off, and those that are still on the plants just don't look great - not super plump, nor are they ripening very early. I found one that LOOKED really ripen that had fallen off, tried it, and it was very bland. It hadn't been off the plant long - so it's not like it had gone bad - it just wasn't as sweet and richly flavored as it should've been.
Then there was this guy - a little undersized, but fairly dark. I know I should wait until it looks almost too far gone, and is actually drooping from the stem, but I couldn't resist - worried that it too would fall off too early (especially with the dropping temps!)
Meh - this may have looked pretty good on the inside (although still undersized), but the flavor just wasn't there. Bummer. Oh well - I'll just chalk this year up to a fig failure as well. Sure, there's some more figs on the bushes, but I'm not expecting any of them to taste as amazing as they have the last two years.