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The health benefits of… figs

A great source of fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, dried and fresh figs have a long and illustrious history. Known for being a healthy and versatile ingredient they can add a burst of sweetness to all kinds of dishes...


Turkish people make a mouthwatering variety of fresh fruit jams and preserves (reçeler). İncir reçeli, pronounced "in-jeer reh-CHEH-lee," is one of the most popular. Fresh or dry figs simmer in a sugar syrup until they glisten like emeralds and are infused with sweetness.

About 2 pints

what you need

  • Unripe or Dry figs -- 1 pound
  • Sugar -- 2 cups
  • Water -- 2 cups
  • Lemon, juice only -- 1/2

How to make

Rehydrate the figs by soaking them in water overnight. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high flame. Add the figs, and boil for about 30 seconds. Drain the figs and rinse them with cold water.

Add the sugar, 2 cups water and lemon juice to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the figs, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The syrup will darken.

Pour the figs and syrup into clean jars. Seal tightly and store for a couple days before eating. The preserves will keep in the refrigerator for a couple months.

Spread on slices of buttered bread for a light breakfast or snack.

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Inserting a whole blanched almond into the bottom of each fig before simmering them and/or adding 3 or 4 whole cloves to the simmering figs for a subtle spice. Or stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

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