Fresh figs are luxury items: They're so delicious, so expensive (in my neck of the woods, Peapod.com is selling them for $US1.17 ($2) a piece) and so tragically short-lived. All too often, in my experience (Is it me? My refrigerator?) after I've decided yes, I will plop down the cash for a tiny basket of these purply wonders, my hopes are dashed when I discover, sometimes the very next day, that they are covered in mould.