Papa sent us with some figs from his garden this week. He has an excess and we have been eating a lot of his beautiful fruits, however the season is coming to an end and we are a little 'figged' out.
In another few months though I know we will be thinking back to final days of summer biting into the sweet, fruit with its nectar like flavour and then we will think 'Oh I would love a fig right now'.
So I got busy making fig jam, preserving for months ahead.
Papa's Figs Jammed Recipe
1.2kg Organic Figs
600g raw sugar
1 Vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick
The zest of 1 lemon
1 cup of water
Place into a bowl and cover with the water, allow this to soak for a few hours and then add all other ingredients.
Soak for another hour all two before bringing to the boil.
Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer for 1-2 hours or until mix is thick and jam like.
Preserving ingredients that are in season is a fantastic way to avoid food waste and also enjoy the delicious flavours throughout the year. Food waste is a huge environmental issue and one we can really reduce by doing simple things like preserving, freezing, drying, composting, worm farms and so many other ways to put food waste to good use. Read loads of info here about food waste and the damage.
(Labels made with recycled brown paper that our organic veggies come wrapped in - no waste)