We often hear, eat with the seasons. There is a reason for this. Having something grown nearby insures freshness and peak nutrients. I can't think of a better way to end the summer than with fig jam.
Health Benefits, lets talk about that.
Figs Glorious Figs How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Loaded with antioxidants they fight free radicals, and they are oh so good for your cardiovascular system.
Having a little trouble in the love department? Get that love machine back on track with some fresh figs baby.
And if you are having trouble keeping the " mail moving " figs are good for that too.
Lets not forget digestive health. Figs are really great for gut health.
I could go on. If you can eat Brie, these is nothing more delicious than a cracker with Brie and fig jam. No Dairy? No problem. Use a non dairy cheese of your choice.
I was blessed with a bag of figs from my friend Dee Dee. I strongly suggest you make friends with someone who has a fig tree.
I tend not to cook with honey, as the heat dissipates the nutrients, but I do add a little at the end to bump up the flavor.
2-3 cups of fresh figs washed skin on
1/2 cup coconut sugar
Juice of 1/2 Lemon plus a little lemon peel.
1 Tablespoon raw local honey
- Wash the figs well and quarter. Place in a heavy bottom sauce pan
- Add the coconut sugar and toss to make sure the figs are covered. Add in the lemon juice and rind.
- Here's the easy part. On a low to medium flame cook down for about an hour with frequent stirring. The sugar will help the figs collapse into a heap of gorgeous jammy goodness. I take a little chopper in the pan and break up the last bits of fruit . The jam should be fairly thick as it is naturally high in fruit pectin. Drop in the honey and stir. Let cool, place in a ball jar.
I can pretty much bet you wont have this in the fridge for long. There are many reasons why foods are medicine.
When food nourishes the body its one thing. When it feeds the spirit it's a whole other level. That's what I call good medicine.