After several months on the tree, our figs are ripening fast.
It is a challenge to pick the figs before they rot or are eaten by a variety of creatures. The culprits include European Starlings, Downy Woodpeckers, and Norway rats.
The numerically dominant fig eater is the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), on the bottom of the fig in the photo above. Nowadays, the northeast corner of our yard looks and smells like a fruit fly farm. At least they are swarming in the yard and not in our kitchen.
Sarah has been hard at work cooking down the figs and canning the product. We now have enough fig jam to see us through the winter and spring.