Is there an abundance of figs in your backyard? Make this Unripe Fig Jam Recipe with some of them before they get ripe. You will be amazed with the result. Nothing like you've tasted before. A great sweet snack or a garnish for your crepes and pancakes.
Jams have a special place in the category of Turkish desserts, they are one of the staple breakfast food. Check out our mulberry jam recipe, orange jam recipe and lemon jam recipe, which are perfect with cakes. Also our strawberry jam makes a perfect dessert with yogurt and plum jam made with butter is great on toasted bread. All are made without pectin.
We love that green color of this unripe fig jam! Most people think that unripe fruits are worthless. Wrong for unripe figs! This jam is unbelievable! Try it and see it yourself!
What Is Unripe Fig Jam?
When I saw unripe figs at the open market today, I decided to make this fig jam. A village woman was selling it. She told that she picked these unripe figs up from the tree in their village. She had no scales, just 2 bags of figs in front of her. She said each bag weighs 1 kilo (2,20 pound), and her word was enough for me, no need to weigh on a scale. I bought one of the bags, but I had never made unripe fig jam before although I ate many times. Luckily enough, that lady gave me the instructions providing that I would come back and tell her the result. Proud to say that I've succeeded. A bowl of the jam would be a nice gift for her, right?
You might find it weird to make jam of unripe figs, but I can tell that you don’t feel any unripeness when you taste it. We call it jam, but I think it can also be included in category of desserts as I love to eat it not just at breakfast but also during day with cream, ice cream or plain.
Btw did you know anything about the benefits of unripe fig sap, that sticky white liquid. It is helpful in the treatment of skin warts. Just drop it on the wart and see the result.
How To Prepare Unripe Figs
Wash the figs and clean their stems. We’ll boil the figs two times changing the water each time to lose its unripeness taste. Fill a large pot with water and boil the figs for about 10 minutes. Let it cool.
When it is cool enough to touch, squeeze the figs gently to remove the bad taste. You can make tiny holes on figs with a needle if you like and then squeeze. Then fill the pot with water again, boil again and squeeze again. This squeezing part might take a long time, but if you are passionate enough, you’ll see it is worth. Then drain.
Making Unripe Fig Jam
Meanwhile you can start to boil 5 and ½ cup water and sugar together in a different pot. After it boils, add the squeezed figs in it. You will see that these figs turn back into their original shape in this boiling sherbet. Put the cloves with the figs to give this jam an outstanding flavor. Boil them for about 25 minutes. Finally, add lemon juice and boil it 5 minutes more.
Let it cool and fill it in jars. You can keep them at room temperature, at a dry and dark place. We love it cold, so we keep it in refrigerator. This makes a wonderful breakfast when paired with a slice of fresh fig nut bread or a great authentic Turkish dessert like walnut baklava when served with walnuts and Turkish salep ice cream.
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Unripe Fig Jam
A scrumptious green jam with unripe figs.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 1 jar 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: Turkish
- 1 kilo (2,20 pounds) unripe fig
- 1 kilo sugar
- 5 ½ cups water
- 1 lemon
- 4 cloves
- Wash the figs and clean their stems.
- Fill a large pot with water and boil the figs for about 10 minutes.
- Let it cool.
- When they are cool enough to touch, squeeze the figs gently to remove the bad taste.
- Repeat the same step.
- Boil 5 ½ cups water and sugar together in a different pot.
- Add the squeezed figs in it.
- Put the cloves with the figs to give this jam an outstanding flavor.
- Boil them for about 25 minutes.
- Finally, add lemon juice and boil it 5 minutes more.
- Let it cool and fill it in jars.
- Serving Size: 1 jar
- Calories: 4617
- Sugar: 1160.8 g
- Sodium: 78 mg
- Fat: 3.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 1193.4 g
- Protein: 7.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: fig jam, unripe figs