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easy fig jam

Our fig tree is out of control. There are figs everywhere and more coming in. Every morning I walk outside and see overripe figs that have fallen off the tree and are smooshed everywhere.

I couldn’t bear to see them go to waste.

Having never made anything with figs before I thought I’d start easy and make some jam. I picked 12 large very ripe figs… so ripe I could’ve squished them with my hands. But I didn’t 🙂

To make the jam you want about a pound of figs or 10-12 large ones and cut them into wedges.

In a medium saucepan, combine water and a little sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Next you want to add the figs, the zest of half a lemon, and the juice of one lemon.

Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for one hour, stirring often.

Let cool and store in an airtight container.

I have been eating this jam with everything! Toast, peanut butter, cheese, crackers… anything. An added bonus is how easy it is to make.

The jam will last about 2 wks in the refrigerator.

Enjoy 🙂

Oh, one more thing…

I want to send a big congrats to my dear friend Becky who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last night!! CONGRATS BECKY!!

Easy Fig Jam

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • about 12 large figs, cut into wedges

In a large saucepan, bring combine water & sugar. Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Add figs, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 1 hour, stirring often.

One jam has thickened, let cool and store in airtight container. Jam will last about 2 wks in the fridge.

11 Responses

  1. Rebecca said on September 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Looks delicious!

  2. Anne at Always Half Full said on September 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

    So glad you posted this. I’ve been interested in learning how to use fresh figs. Just saw some at my Trader Joe’s. I’ll be making jam! I love fig jam with crackers and cheese (brie or monterey jack). Yum!

  3. Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels said on September 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Wow!! The colors are so beautiful! I love figs! And I’m lovin how easy the recipe truly is!

  4. Samantha @ Bikini Birthday said on September 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Fig jam is my favourite! Want to send me some?

  5. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on September 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Oh this looks fabulous! I’m kind of ashamed to admit I’ve never had a fresh fig. I wouldn’t even have recognized one. I need to change that!

  6. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on September 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

    How sad is this – I don’t think I’ve ever had a fresh fig!!
    I need to try one asap!

  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on September 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Omg I would buy figs from you from your fig tree! I would love love love this jam! If you ever have extras, holla!!!!

    Fig trees, like lemon trees, in San Diego…can produce SO MUCH and all at once, I know what you mean about waste. We used to have a lemon tree like that.

  8. Mo said on September 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    you are so lucky to have fresh figs!
    I love taking fresh figs, cutting them in half, stuffing with a little goat cheese or blue cheese and a drizzle of honey. Heaven!

  9. Nicole, RD said on September 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I am so jealous of your fig tree! Figs around here are so hard to find and so expensive when you finally do!

  10. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on September 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This looks amazing! I just picked up figs today! I am definitely giving this a go soon Estela.

  11. Regan @ The Professional Palate said on September 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I am totally jealous.