I went by the rental property with the large Reservoir fig today and found that it ripened earlier than last year. Last year it had a half dozen fruit around the 18th and a quart plus on 9/25. Today, there was over a quart already.
But, there was a lot of damage. I’m not sure if it was birds or yellow jackets. It was dusk when I was picking, so thankfully there weren’t any YJ around- just fruit flies. There were a few minor cracks, but nothing too bad. Mostly something was eating them…Which I can see why, as they were tasty and sweet, even the very damaged ones (I guess the fruit flies hadn’t been at them long enough for there to be perceivable larvae).
90%+ of the fruit had some sort of damage.
Most of the ripened fruit was high in the tree. Which gave me a thought- one all the fruit is done in the top, should I cut the tops off to ensure that light reaches the lower parts, which still have unripe figs?