Figs are extraordinarily delicious and nutritious fruits. This delicate and plush looking fruit, with its pink and purple hues when ripe, with a luscious pink heart inside has distinctive taste. To preserve and enjoy blessings of our home grown brown turkey figs, I made the sweet Fig Preserves. The fig preserves taste amazing with salty crackers and cream cheese and other savory combinations. It tastes great for breakfast on French bread, or as a topping on your ice cream dessert!
Author: Birjis Adeni Rashed
Recipe type: Preserves
- 3 pound fresh ripe figs, washed, stemmed, sliced
- 3 cup sugar
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Orange zest-1 pinch
- Wash the figs, remove the stems and cut them to slices.
- I used brown turkey figs from my fig tree. They are known to make better preserves than the green figs.
- In a medium saucepan, mix figs and sugar together and cook on low heat, uncovered, about 1hr 30 minutes or as required. Keep stirring in intervals.
- Add lemon juice and orange zest when the jam starts coming together and cook on extremely low flame.
- When done pour the hot preserves mixture into a hot, sterile glass canning jars and store in cool dark place or refrigerate. Since I just made for immediate use, I elected to just refrigerate.
- If processing for long term follow canning methods by pouring the hot preserves mixture into a hot, sterile glass canning jars, filling jar to within ⅛-inch from top; wipe rim and seal jar with lid. Put jar in water-bath canner or on rack set in a deep kettle and cover with hot water by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a gentle simmer (180 to 185 degrees), and process, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer jar to a rack using tongs and let cool completely. This jars can be stored for long term in a cool, dark place.