Summer brings one of the world’s favorite fruits with it: Figs have a soft skin, a fleshy fruit and a delicate aroma. In addition, figs in syrup are a delicious snack!
In this article, we will analyze the nutritional properties of this fruit and find a way to preserve them for a long time. This way you can enjoy figs even when it is not season.
Figs in syrup last a long time
The fig is the fruit of the fig tree (Ficus carica) and is actually a variety of fruits: There are about 750 different types (green, purple, black and many more), although not all are edible. They ripen between late July and November, so they are best in late summer.
When fruits or vegetables have short seasons or are very perishable, there are different ways to preserve them. One of the most common and traditional methods is in a syrup made with water and sugar. This ensures that they retain all their flavor and color and their original shape.
This type of preservation is not complicated and does not require special tools. You just need suitable containers and about two hours of cooking time.
The result is amazing and gives a soft and sweet fruit. Try it. You will not regret it. D u can use them to create an infinite number of dishes.
Figs in syrup are perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. They are a great addition to salads, stews or to combine with a nice hard cheese. They can also be used to decorate ice cream desserts, cheesecakes and yogurt.
Necessary ingredients to make the recipe
You can vary the quantities according to how much you want to cook. It is important to keep the same proportions of fruit, sugar and water:
- 2 liters of water.
- 2.2 kilos of sugar.
- 2.2 kilos of fresh figs.
- A little lemon peel.
Step-by-step instructions for making figs in syrup
- First, rinse the figs well under cold water, taking care not to damage the shell.
- Put them in a large saucepan, fill with water until covered, and cook for a few minutes until they release some of the sticky juice they contain. There is some foam on the surface of the water.
- Remove the figs with a sieve and set them aside. Once they have cooled down a bit, prick them with a needle so that the syrup can penetrate well.
- Then pour the 2 liters of water together with the sugar and lemon peel into a large thick-bottomed saucepan. Carefully add the figs.
- Cook for 2 hours on low heat until the figs are translucent and the syrup is thick. The time is approximate. Be sure to check them in from time to time.
- Wrap the figs in sterilized jars and fill them so that there is about an inch free. Put the lid on and let it cool before storing in a cool, dark place. They last a few months if stored under the right conditions. Do not forget to write the production date on the jars.
The lemon peel adds a little flavor. If you prefer, you can add other ingredients and spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom or orange peel.
The properties of figs
People have enjoyed this fruit since ancient times. They first grew in the Middle East, from there they traveled to Europe, and today they are known and eaten all over the world.
When fresh, figs are light and at the same time very nutritious. For this reason, they are recommended as part of a healthy diet.
First, they are a good source of fiber: Approx. 2.8 grams per 100 grams of fruit. Over the last few years, there have been more and more scientific studies of the positive effects of dietary fiber on the body.
In addition, there are signs that figs protect against some intestinal problems (irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease) and relieve constipation. They help control body weight and reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes in the long run.
In addition, this fruit has healthy amounts of calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are among the most recommended in childhood for optimal bone development.
Magnesium also plays a special role in the nervous system and in the regulation of blood sugar levels, blood pressure and muscles. It can have a positive effect in cases of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and migraines.
Although the health properties of figs are numerous, it is important to keep in mind that the syrup adds a very large amount of sugar. This means that it must be consumed in moderation, as a garnish or accompaniment to some desserts or on special occasions.
Some useful tips for delicious figs in syrup
There is no secret behind the preparation of good figs in syrup. Anyone can do it. Follow all the steps, pay attention to these few extra tips, and success is guaranteed.
To start with, you can use all kinds of figs – choose your favorite – as long as they are ripe and firm. This is important to preserve the taste and sweetness of the ripe fruit and to ensure that they do not break during cooking.
It is important to observe basic hygiene measures during both preparation and storage. The jars must be sterilized and you must adhere to the specified quantities and maximum storage times.
To achieve proper sterilization, place your clean and dry jars in a pot with enough water to cover them completely. Then bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Eventually, the heat is reduced and the jars are allowed to stand in the pan until it is time to fill them with your product. Be sure to close tightly with screw caps and store them when cooled.
To enjoy your figs in syrup and any other homemade preserves properly, you need to eat them within a year. If you follow all the steps, they retain all their flavor and aroma for so long.
If you like the result, keep in mind that you can make preserves from many kinds of fruits and vegetables. Not only for yourself, for they are also great gifts for close friends and relatives.