fig preserves

2014-09-01 a.o.

I have this little fig bush in my backyard, possible 'desert king' considering how it survived here in the desert even when neglected for several years.

Every year it freezes back down to the ground, but so far, it always came back in spring. It's never been taller than 4 ft. but it has produced a few figs every year that I have lived here.

I have to keep an eye on them if I want to harvest them, because the birds and ants will get them if I let them ripen on the vine. 2014 was an exceptional year, insofar that I had more than just a handful. I still had to save them up for a few weeks, until I had enough to make some preserves.  

These figs were so sweet that they really didn't need extra sugar. Simmer down to a very thick syrupy liquid.


This is what you need for 4 cups:

  • 2 lbs. fresh ripe figs
  • up to 2 cups of sugar
  • salt
Pic1: figs



Pic2: ripe 'desert king' figs
Pic3: simmer
Pic4: can