There are over a hundred varieties of figs, and these vary in colour from pale green and golden yellow to brown, red or purple. Some of the varieties of fig include the caprifig, smyrna, san pedro and common fig. When buying fresh figs, select firm, unblemished fruit that yield to gentle pressure. Peel the fruit (some thin-skinned varieties may be eaten with their skins on), cut off the stems and eat raw; slice and add to a cheeseboard or fruit salad; or lightly poach them. Because they are highly perishable, they are often dried or candied.