When we were at the beach a couple of weeks ago, it was prime fig season. We are not usually at the beach during that particular week of the summer, so I was amazed at the bounty that our front yard fig tree produced!!
I have had delectable fresh figs before, but these were…. a disappointment! No flavor at all. I tried them at different stages of ripeness, and, nope- no flavor. I “borrowed” a fig from a tree down the street for comparison purposes. It was much smaller, so obviously a different variety, and the flavor was much better. So… what to do with these figs? They were so abundant, and I saw no point in feeding ALL of them to the wildlife!! You can see in the photos below, we had all sorts of birds, butterflies, bees, and beetles feeding from this tree- they all seemed to be giddy! It was like a bird and bug bacchanalia (wow, I am really into the alliteration today…)
Daughter and I decided the best thing to do was to make fig jam. Being at the beach house, we didn’t have a lot of cooking equipment, and we didn’t feel like going to the store to get pectin, so we found a recipe which called just for figs, sugar, and lemon juice. Perfect. Find the recipe here.
We picked the tree clean (well, as much as we could. Even with a step ladder, we couldn’t reach all the way to the top.) We cleaned and chopped the figs and put them into a pot. (Interesting note- Daughter read that the milky white sap that comes from figs is a form of latex, so if you have a latex allergy you need to wear gloves while handling them. Who knew??) We simply boiled them down with some water, sugar, and lemon juice (again, since we don’t have a lot of kitchen equipment, we just guessed at the amounts.)
We filled every jar and little plastic container we could find with our freshly made fig jam.
And it came out…. delicious! Honestly, it is soooo good! So glad we didn’t donate all those figs to the wildlife. The next day I went outside- and the tree was FULL of ripe figs again. So we did the only thing we could do- we picked the tree clean again and made another pot of jam!
Now, we have been giving away jam to everyone we know. The freezer is full of those little jars and plastic containers of jam. We are having it on toast, stirring it into Greek yogurt, and trying to figure out what else to do with it. I am thinking about serving it with cheese and crackers. And I am not tired of it yet…