What kind of figs are these? No clue. I’m guessing Kadota.
Figs are bursting from the trees here at the ranch, and before the mockingbirds clobber them, I harvest them daily for jam. The birds usually poke holes in some of the fruit, but there are so many figs that the birds cannot get to them all.
I am guessing that the figs that I used for this jam are Kadota figs, but I will happily stand corrected if anyone can give me further information on the ones seen in my photo. My father-in-law planted these trees at the ranch long ago, and there are Mission figs, and one other variety that is not so delicious. But these small green ones that turn a delicate shade of light yellow when ripe are the best – sweet and delicious, and perfect for jam making.
Summer is the Time for Fig Preserves
Taking pity on all of us that are sweating it out this hot summer, I decided to make this a microwaveable jam recipe. You would think that zapping up a jam would render a terrible product, but I have found just the opposite. I can whip up a small batch of jam in about 15 minutes, and it is worlds better than any store bought variety.
Many times with small batches I don’t even bother canning them. With a yield of only 1-2 cups, the portion is perfect for my packed refrigerator, or I can send it as a quick gift to a neighbor. (Doubt this would happen. We seem to eat it all…)
I can later choose to dilute this jam with a bit of wine or rum for a cake filling, or add a spoonful to a vinaigrette dressing for a sweet and savory spinach salad. Once you get summer fruit into a preserved jam form, you can convert it into a myriad of different artistic touches. Jam is so much more than just a topping for toast. I will probably serve this jam on top of a goat cheese spread for a delicious summer snack as we sit next to a swimming pool somewhere…Print
Summer Spiced Fig Jam
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 16 minutes
- Total Time: 21 minutes
- Yield: 1.5 cups (350ml)
- Category: Preserves
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: Continental
1 lb fresh figs, washed and chopped (500gr)
1 1/4 cups sugar (250gr)
3 small Mexican limes, or 1 lemon, unpeeled, washed and cut into thin slices
1/4 cup ground cloves
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
Place all of the ingredients in a large microwavable bowl, and stir to combine well. Heat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, remove and stir. Return to the microwave for 3 more minutes, and then remove and stir. Return the bowl once again to the microwave, and heat on high for 10 minutes, until the jam has reduced and has thickened. Remove the lime slices, and allow the preserves to cool completely.