Hi Mart, the ripe figs does not require many steps or ingredients because there is no need to soak them overnight in a lime solution. But the sugar, ginger and lemon juice works for me with ripe figs too. THe big difference is that I boil it on slow heat, unlike the green figs that gets boiled rapidly. I will try to make ripe figs also into a preserve and show you sometime in future. THat is if the birds will allow me to have some. THey provide serious competition. Hi Daisybeans - Indeed they do turn brown. - the skin turns brown and the flower part turns a reddish hue and then they are irresistable to the birds.