Cantleave: "I always thought this was a strange. Especially as it wasn't even the time of year for figs"
It may not have had anything to do with the time of year.
Figs are asynchronous in their fruit ripening.
Gk. "asyn" meaning "not with" and "chronos" meaning "time"
Many plants are asynchronous, which means they bear fruit in an inconsistent pattern.
This chronological anomaly seems to occur in many species that bear animal-dispersed seeds.
Biologists have several hypotheses about these kinds of plants though the evolutionary cause remains unsolved.
Some believe it is a natural adaptation to insure the success of the survival of the plant.
Inconsistent fruit bearing may increase the diversity of animals that take the fruit because it may be available when other foraged foods are not.
Animal migration patterns may coincide with an irregular fruiting.
In some plants, fruits may stay on the plant over a long period of time without ripening. This could be due to sensivity of changing weather patterns.
You can read more of the hypotheses of this type of unique adaptability at: http://www.jstor.org/pss/2443610