We planted a fig tree in our backyard on Christmas Day 2010. I wanted to plant a fig tree for a number of reasons, the main one was seeing an old one in our neighborhood while on a bike ride with my boys. The leaves are beautiful and since we have already planted plum, cherry, nectarine, mandarin orange, avocado (it didn’t make it), lemon and apple trees, I thought it would fit right in.
Last summer our tree produced about 8 figs (it was a twig when we planted it). I wasn’t sure how I was going to use the figs…when I tried the first one it wasn’t very sweet, had little taste and the texture wasn’t something I really wanted to eat again raw (my boys felt the same way). I am hoping this is just due to the age of our tree and as it gets older the figs will get sweeter and therefore, better tasting.
So, I went looking for recipes for how to use the figs and this is my favorite. Fig Preserves.
1 pound fresh black figs
1 cup sugar
How to Make:
It makes about 8 oz and keeps in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks and easily freezes for up to 3 months.
Enjoy on everything from toast in the morning to adding a dab to a cracker with good cheese as a fig preserves/cheese/cracker combination. YUM.
Our tree full of figs this year. Any favorite ways to use them? Please share or everyone I know is getting some fig preserves…maybe that isn’t such a bad thing.
Looking for more recipe inspiration? Check out this CSA link-up! http://inherchucks.com/2012/08/08/whats-in-the-box-38/