How to know if figs are spoiled? (3 easy ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to know if figs are spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled figs, and the potential side effects of eating spoiled figs.

How to know if figs are spoiled?

Usually, dried figs do not get spoiled easily. If you see any kind of mold growth on the dried figs, this means that the figs are spoiled. If you are experiencing a stinky smell from the figs then this is also a vital sign that the figs are spoiled. If insects are eating the figs, it is better to toss them out. Also if you see any kind of color changes in the figs, then this is also a sign that the figs are spoiled.

In regions where it is extensively produced, the fig is a significant crop. It is a Mediterranean and Asian native that has been pursued after and cultivated since ancient times and is today extensively planted across the world for both its fruits and as an aesthetic plant. 

In 2018, the earth’s primary fig output was 1.14 million tonnes, with Turkey leading the way (with 27 percent of the total), Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria accounting for 64 percent of the total. Figs may be enjoyed fresh or dried, and they can also be used to make jam. The majority of commercial output is dried or treated in some way.

There are few ways through which we can tell if the figs are spoiled or not. These methods are the same as we conduct while checking if the food is spoiled or not.


Inspect the figs and see whether there is any kind of mold growing inside or not. If you see some kind of mold growing inside the figs, then throw those figs away and consume the healthy ones. Usually, mold doesn’t grow on figs when their sugars are crystallized. 


If figs are smelling stinky then this means that they are spoiled. It is better not to consume such figs and throw them away. A distinct smell of figs means that they are no longer edible. So our sense of smell tells us a lot about food spoilage.


If you observe some abnormal color changes, then this may look like the figs are spoiled. If you see any greyish color or see some spots on the figs then it might be because of fungus. If you observe such color changes then it is advised not to consume it at all.


If you see insects eating the figs then it is better to leave those figs to the insects and do not consume them at all. If you eat such figs then this can be dangerous for your health because if you eat such figs then there will be greater risks of having an infection.

Shelf life:

If dried figs are properly stored in a dry and clean place, then they may be in their best quality after 12 to 18 months. So after one and a half years, the nutritional value of the figs starts to deteriorate and hence they start to tend to lead to spoilage.

Nutritional content:

Raw figs are made up of 79 percent water, 19 percent carbs, 1% protein, and very little fat. They provide a significant amount of dietary fiber. Figs have only a carbohydrate composition of 64 percent, a total protein of 3%, and saturated fat of 1% when dried to 30% water. Dried figs are a good source of dietary fiber, with a 100-gram serving containing 249 calories.

Health effects:

If you consume rotten figs, you are likely to contract foodborne diseases. You could develop a stomach ache. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a variety of other symptoms are all possible causes. If the symptoms worsen, you must consult a doctor as soon as possible.


In this blog, we discussed the basic methods through which we can identify spoiled figs. By smelling we can sense that the figs are spoiled or not. If you can see mold growth or insects eating then this may also be a sign of spoiled figs. Further, if you see that the color of figs is changing then it is better not to consume such figs. It is better to toss away such figs.

We also discussed the shelf life of figs that dried figs can stay good for about 12 to 18 months. Eating spoiled figs may lead to several foodborne illnesses which may include nausea, stomach cramps, abdominal pain etc.

I hope you have found this article helpful. If you have any questions or queries, then feel free to comment below. Thank you!


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.