Saturday, August 29, 2009

100-Year-Old Fig Preserves

The syconium of the Fig tree.Image via Wikipedia

Fig trees have been grown in West Virginia a little over 100 years ago. Many West Virginians grow figs in their yards. Some of these fig trees date back about 1899. I grow dwarf figs tree on my limited plot of land. I love figs, and fresh figs are a rarity in grocery stores. The rest of us hear about how good fig cakes are, wishing that someone could give you a gift basket full of them. Figs are mentioned in the Bible used as a sweet confection and as a medicinal poultice for boils (2 Kings 20:7). This recipe seems up-to-date with today’s use.
  • 5 pounds peeled figs
  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Quarter figs; place in bowl; add sugar and lemon; let stand 2 to 3 hours to draw juice; stir occasionally to help sugar dissolve. Place in saucepan and cook to rolling boil; boil 25 to 30 minutes, stirring constantly. After foam disappears and juice has thickened somewhat, ladle into hot jars and seal. Yield not given.

Nutrition Information: (2 Tablespoons) 70 calories; 0 calories from fat; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber.

©2008. Teresa Carr. Carr Family Favorite Recipes. Skyhouse MediaWorks.

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