This is probably a good time to mention that the best fresh figs are not usually the perfect, good-looking firm ones. Oh, no! You want 'em soft, even squishy, even oozing a bit of syrupy juice. Some of the best are the ones that have started to wrinkle a bit after sitting for a couple of days your counter. If you are someone who just "doesn’t get" what the fuss about figs is all about, you haven’t tasted a good and properly ripe fig.
Get thee to a farmers market. Schmooze and make friends with the lone fig guy or gal. You’ll be glad you did.