Bursa is a medium to large black fig. It is an excellent fresh fig variety with a deliciously honey-like flavour when really tender and mature. With its dark purplish-black colouration, the fruit is ripe when a velvety tenderness can be detected on gentle touch.
Due to harvesting slightly early to ensure shelf-life in transit, it is important to be selective when buying Bursa figs to get the best taste. Many retailers sell the fruit in loose trays as well as in 4 or 6 fruit punnets. Buying the loose fruit is by far the best way to ensure good eating quality: look for black, almost fully coloured fruit and detect, by gentle pressure of fingers, a velverty softness to the skin. These fruit will be delicious, but will not have much shelf-life: eat within a couple of days (they can be stored in the fridge to give an extra day or two of life). Bursa figs in punnets can only be selected on visual appearance: avoid fruit with significant areas of pale or green skin, fruit which will probably be slightly hard and limited in flavour.
The Turkish Bursa season in September to early November is the best opportunity of the year for consumers to enjoy delicious, reasonably priced fresh figs in good volumes.
Grown in: Turkey, Israel
The Turkish growing area is Bursa Province; the town of Akköy being an important centre.
In Israel, the Lower Galilee area is important for Bursa figs.
Harvest & Availability:
- September: Turkey
- October: Turkey
- November: Turkey