One of the great things about living in Hawaii is our abundance of fruit trees year round. And in my opinion, there’s nothing more satisfying than picking and eating fresh produce from my own yard. I especially love and appreciate the fig trees. Not only did fig leaves clothe Adam and Eve in their time of need, but figs are also one of the oldest and sweetest fruits known to man—and nutritious to boot!
We have figs coming out our ears every Fall and if I’m quick enough I can snag a bunch before the chickens devour them. My husband grew up eating his grandmother’s fig preserves and challenged me to start making them as good as Granny’s from our own bounty.
Before meeting my southern born husband, I’d never even seen a fresh fig let alone eat one, and had no idea what I was missing. So for the past few years I’ve been canning, selling, and eating them.
I recommend serving my Fig Preserves over goat cheese with crackers or in my Goat Cheese, Fig, and Prosciutto Galette. I also like using them in spiced bread recipes, but my hubby’s fave is drizzling them over warm biscuits like Granny used to make.
So if you can get your hands on some fresh plump figs, my Fig Preserve recipe is a sure thing. Bon Appetit!
Fig Preserves Ingredients
4 cups fresh stemmed and washed figs, chopped
2 cups sugar
¾-1 cup water
1 pinch salt
Fig Preserves Instructions
Remove stems from figs and wash thoroughly in water. Dry off with a clean towel and then chop figs into quarters.
Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and bring to a boil until it reaches a thick, jam-like consistency.
It should take about ½ hour to reduce down to half and become a rich brown color. Make sure to stir often to prevent burning.
Spoon into prewashed, hot sterilized jars and follow canning instructions or if you’re using new canning jars, there’s usually canning directions on the box. For more info on canning tips click here. My recipe makes five 8 oz. jars.