What to do with Ripe Figs? Make some Fig Jam
Late summer when there is a hint of fall weather on the horizon – later sunrises and cooler nights – the figs are typically at their prime ripeness in Provence. If you like figs then this is your season! However, sadly figs have a short shelf life. So what is one to do with a bounty of figs before they spoil? Make Thyme and Lime Scented Fig Jam, which David describes as easy to make without the hassle of pectin etc. His recipe is below.
Thyme and Lime Scented Fig Jam
- 1 pound + 2 oz Fresh Figs brown, black, or golden
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Water
- 1 small bunch Thyme tied with a string
- 1 small Lime for zest strips
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Lime juice
- Start by placing the figs in a bowl and covering them with boiling water for 10 minutes. This will soften the skins and flesh.
- Place the water, thyme, and lime zest in a heavy-bottomed pan. (Make sure you count the number of zest strips so that you know how many to remove.)
- Stem and coarsely chop softened figs, and add to the pan.
- Add the sugar and stir well.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, increase heat to medium-high and boil until thick, stirring often to prevent scorching. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Take off the heat and remove the thyme bouquet and lime zest strips with tongs.
- Using an immersion blender, purée the figs until “chunky-smooth.” (You will need to decide what that means for you - do you like it chunkier or smoother? There is no right or wrong!)
- Add the lime juice and boil for one minute longer, stirring constantly.
- Scrape the jam into decorative pots, bowls, or jars.
- Let cool to room temperature.
- Cover with plastic wrap or jar lids, and keep refrigerated.