When I was growing up my closest connection to figs were in the Fig Newtons my mom used to buy. I wasn’t a big fan.
Then came the bunko game a few years ago. We all brought a dish to share and the only thing I remember from that night of eating was the basket my friend Leigh brought. It had a small dish of fig jam in it and I don’t recall, but I’m sure I ate the entire thing myself. I could not believe that was what figs really tasted like.
After that I became obsessed with figs. We bought a small fig tree the first year, with no results. The next year we bought more fig trees and solicited advice from the sales rep. He knew more than we did apparently, because that year I harvested five figs. (yes, I did say the number five). This year, we tried netting, something for the bugs and some fertilizer and we have a bumper crop! I have so many that I can make Fantastic Fig Spread!
I don’t know where Leigh got this recipe from but I’ve made it before and it truly is fantastic. In the past when I have made it (from store-bought figs) I have followed the recipe exactly. This year I opted to add a little orange flavor to it and it was…..dare I say it?…FANTASTIC!!
This is an easy recipe and if you’ve never canned anything before this would be the one to start with. Give it a try. You will love it so much that next year you’ll be planting fig trees like I did.
As Ina Garten would say, “How easy is that?” Enjoy!