My grandmother had a fig tree in her back yard when I was growing up. It was huge and yielded so much fruit. Too much to eat fresh, so my grandmother was making fig preserves all summer long. When I was little she would make strawberry and fig jam for my brother and me. We thought it was the best thing we had ever eaten. I can still taste it on a slice of toast with butter. So delicious. And it was the best thing we had ever eaten until one day we realized that she made the strawberry fig jam for us, so that we wouldn’t eat all of the fig preserves that she made!
Unfortunately, I don’t have fig tree in my back yard, but I do have her recipe, so when I found these a the farmers market earlier this week I knew exactly what I was going to do with them! The recipe is super simple; just figs, sugar and water. You really don’t need much more than that because figs are naturally so delicious.
Today I’m making the basic recipe, but if want to spice it up a bit try adding one or a combination of the following for a twist on the traditional.
Lemon (juice or slices)
I’m just storing my preserves in jars in the fridge because they aren’t going to last that long! Let’s be honest there’s a good chance we will eat all of these over the weekend! If you have lots of figs and want to store them for longer try canning them and you can enjoy these all winter long.