Jam is an easy and delicious way to get your daily fruits in! It is fun to make, lasts for a long time, and easier than it looks! You may know that jams and preserves can be made using fruits like strawberries, raspberries, grapes, and blueberries, but today we will try it with figs!

Did you know that figs are not only a fruit? They are actually inverted flowers! This means that its flowers and seeds bloom from within their body. They are soft, chewy, and can be eaten in many ways. Let’s explore by making jam this week! Can you believe that all you need are 4 ingredients?

Ingredients:

2 pounds green or purple figs, stemmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
1½  cups of sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
½  cup of water

Directions:

  1. Toss all the chopped up figs and sugar into a saucepan and stir occasionally for 15 minutes until most of the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the lemon juice and water and bring to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Then simmer the jam on moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. This should be done until the fruit is soft and the liquid runs off the spoon in heavy drops. 
  4. Spoon jam into 3 1/2 pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top, and close the jars.
  5. Let jam cool down to room temperature and then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.      

 

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