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Autumn With Fig Jam

Misbah loves to cook — she is a good cook — she cooks for her family on weekends and the family loves the taste of her cooked foods.

Figs Are Nutritious

Figs are delicious and healthy. They are a nutritious treat that everyone can enjoy. Choosing which fig you want to use to make jam is your personal choice. All figs can be used to make a good jam, but I prefer using black figs.

It's great for stuffing cakes or biscuits, serving with a plate of cheeses, or changing up your breakfasts. It goes well with a slice of bread and butter. It can be used to fill all of your cake, and it can even be used to flavor a cheese plate: fig jam is a true treat no matter how you eat it. You will surely love it.

It's too easy to make that you can make it yourself in your very own kitchen. Want to know, how? Continue to read with a smile.

The recipe works well with all sorts of figs, including fioroni, which ripen toward the end of June, and figs that ripen from mid-July to the end of September.

Figs have long been thought to be a high-sugar fruit, but is this true? In reality, they are composed of 80% water and 12% sugar. So, no worries about the figure, and when you decide to make fig jam, treat it as if you were making jam with any other fruit. Consider 40-60% sugar for one kilogram of figs, obviously, it depends on how sweet you want it to be.

You can add a variety of ingredients like Cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, or walnuts to the jam to enhance the flavor. Always be careful that these ingredients are combined at the end of the cooking process before the jam is poured into the jars.

Fun Facts About Figs

1) Figs are among the oldest fruits. They have a soft, sticky texture.

2) Figs are not really fruits, but flowers turned inside out. The sweet edible seeds we can see inside are the evidence.

3) Figs are very moist. Fig puree can be used instead of oil in baked goods.

4) Figs are ripened and slightly dry on the tree before they are picked.

These sweet fruits are very fragile and ripen quickly. So always store them in the refrigerator or on a plate.

Sterilize The Jars

It is very important to be careful about cleanliness. Homemade foods must be a "hygienic" delight, free of health risks. So, first, fill a pot with water and place your jars in it. Keep a look that they are completely submerged, then bring to a boil and leave for 1 hour to sterilize.

Then take them out of the water and dry them well. Now fill the jars with the fresh homemade jam, leaving 1 cm around the rim empty. It is very important to use a new cap to close each jar. These steps are very important to follow for good and long-term preservation.

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram Figs, wedges
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 400 grams brown sugar
  • lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional

Instructions

  1. 1 kilogram of figs, washed, dried with a cloth, and cut into wedges. You can peel them or leave them whole, depending on your preference.
  2. Place them in a bowl with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 400 g of brown sugar.
  3. Mix well, cover with a cloth, and set aside overnight.
  4. Pour everything in a pot with 1/2 cup of water and simmer for approximately an hour over low heat.
  5. Keep stirring it frequently with a skimmer until the figs are soft and juicy. Cook until the liquid runs off the side of a spoon in thick and heavy drops
  6. When you see the mixture has reached the proper consistency. Turn off the heat. (Stir in the vanilla extract. This is optional)
  7. Add the lemon zest, and transfer into the already sterilized jars.

Precautions:

To avoid mold formation, you need to fill the jars up to 1 cm from the edge, cover them well, and flip upside down. Allow it to cool before checking to see if a vacuum has developed. At this point, you should not hear the iconic "click-clack" sound.

Otherwise, place the jars in a saucepan with enough water to cover them halfway. Bring to a boil, and simmer for approximately an hour, then let it cool in the pot. Dry them and store them in the pantry once they've cooled.

Enjoy your autumn with delicious fig jam!

Some Health Risk Factors for Die Hard Fig Lovers

According to Medical research:

The risks associated with figs may vary depending on how people use them.

1) Both fresh and dried figs contain a high level of vitamin K. People taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin need to keep the vitamin K levels in their diet consistent, so they may wish to avoid figs.

2) Since figs have a high fiber content, eating too many figs — especially dried figs — can cause diarrhea.

Medically reviewed by Miho Hatanaka, RDN, L.D.

Health Benefits and Risks of Freah and Dried Figs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh

Comments

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 11, 2021:

Brian, you are most welcome. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Take care and stay safe and healthy.

Blessings always!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 11, 2021:

That's just splendid, Misbah! Well, I've checked out the link and found that there are more pros than cons. I'm certainly not allergic to it or taking any meds that might cause adverse reactions. I may just have to watch out on the quantity I consume though. Thanks once again for the heads-up, Misbah. ;)

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Vidya. Glad you liked it. :)

Blessings always!

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 10, 2021:

Sounds yummy and I am sure it is healthy too. I will try it some day. Thanks for sharing this delicious jam recipe Misbah.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 09, 2021:

Lol! Brian. It's better to know. I have edited it now. There are actually two risk factors according to the research. I have also included the link to that medical research. Hope it finds you well. :)

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 09, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, DrSleep. I just found your comment from my spam comments folder.

Blessings to you!!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 09, 2021:

That would be a great helpful addition to your article, Misbah! I'm sure all the fig fans including myself, will thank you for enlightening us on the beneficial and relevant facts of this delicious fruit. Sometimes, what we don't know won't hurt us, but in this case it is better to know rather than not. ;)

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 09, 2021:

Yes, Brian, you got that right. It is important to maintain a sense of balance. I believe I will have to edit this article and add that medical research fact for fig fans at the end. Lol!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 09, 2021:

Lol, not you too Misbah. Well, I guess anything good is best enjoyed in moderation. So far, have not experienced the symptom you mentioned but is good to proceed with caution and not over indulge. ;)

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

Hello, Peggy. I looooove that sound as well. It's interesting that you have a fig tree in your backyard. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, dear friend. Much Love!!

I'm sending you many blessings.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2021:

When I used to can tomatoes, etc., I loved that popping sound of the jars forming a seal. We have a fig tree in our backyard. It was so tall that birds and squirrels got most of the harvest. Last year I cut it back. Hopefully, we will be able to harvest more of the figs it produces. Your jam recipe sounds good. Thanks!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Brian. Glad you liked it. I am also a huge fan of figs. Figs are said to be rich in fibre especially the dried ones. They are healthy snacks but according to a medical research, "Since figs have a high fiber content, eating too many figs — especially dried figs — can cause diarrhea" ;) I think you must take her advice. Take care and stay safe and happy!

Blessings always

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

Manatita, thank you so much for reading and for your kind comment, dear brother. Glad you liked it. I have added the original( real) images in the last capsule now. Hope you'll like it. The first image is of fig jam but that's not real I imported it from Unsplash. Thank you for the kind suggestion. I appreciate it very much. Take care and stay safe. Enjoy!

Blessings always!!!

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 08, 2021:

I love me some dried figs for snacking and I normally enjoy it as it is. My missus however says it's too sweet to her liking. Well, I'll tell her what I found out from your hub - that it's only 12% sugar so she doesn't have to worry about me overdosing with sugars by popping some figs during snack time. ;)

Your fig jam does sound delicious and I sort of imagine myself having it with fresh toast or simple crackers. Would definitely taste splendid!

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2021:

Lovely recipe and some great hints as well as Fun Facts. I was looking for the figs in your picture. I guess it was the jelly in that little bowl. Why didn't you show some real ones?

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

Flourish, that's so sweet of you. Thank you so much. I'm glad the recipe brought back some pleasant memories for you.

Blessings and Love, dear friend

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 08, 2021:

My great grandmother and grandmother used to make fig jam so this made me recall their cabinets of preserves, jellies, and jams. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Eman, It popped up in my feed. It's so annoying at times, but we have no choice. Smile!

Blessings, dear sister

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Rozlin, I'm delighted to hear you liked it. You should give it a try someday. Figs are a delicious treat. Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate it very much. Take care and stay safe and happy.

Blessings to you, dear sister

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Pamela, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I, too, enjoy hearing that sound. Lol! I'm glad this article brought back some lovely memories of your mother for you. God bless you, dear friend. Take care and stay happy! Much Love!!

Blessings and Hugs to you!!

Dr Sleep from Pak on September 07, 2021:

would love to eat it made by you

Nian from Pakistan on September 07, 2021:

No problem Misbah.

Thankyou for your comment.

Many Love and Blessings to you.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment, Eman. Much appreciated, dear sister. I have read your today's article on sunflowers. It was very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, I can't find it in my feed to make a comment. I will keep watching if I can catch it in my feed after someone's comment. Take care and stay safe, dear sister.

Blessings always!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Awww.. thank you so much, dear Srushti. I am glad you liked it. I always appreciate your kind and encouraging comment. Much appreciated, dear friend.

Love, hugs and Blessings to you too

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on September 07, 2021:

Mr. Bill, Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Sir, I appreciate your kindness. I'm hoping Ms. Bev will enjoy it. I, too, am a fan of figs. Take care and Enjoy your day!

Blessings always

Nian from Pakistan on September 07, 2021:

It looks so yummy. Figs are packed with many nutrients. I will try this amazing recipe.

Stay safe and healthy.

Rozlin from UAE on September 07, 2021:

Misbah, I too love Figs. Thank you for sharing healthy figs jam recipe.

Blessing and Much Love to you dear sister. Take care.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 07, 2021:

When I can anything I love hearing the jars pop as the vacuum develops.

This is a very good article about figs, Misbah. My mother loved figs. Your article reminds me of her.

Thank you for sharing this information, Misbah.

Srushti Gamit on September 07, 2021:

I would love to try this mouth watering Fig Jam. Figs are healthy to eat as well as they are very nutritious and can work for sweet toothed person like me.

Thanks a lot Misbah for sharing.

Sending you lots of love and a warm hug.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 07, 2021:

My wife loves figs. I do not. I will pass this along to her.

Thank you my friend. I hope this finds you well and healthy. Blessings to you always.

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