How To Make Fig Preserves

I happen to love figs. Sadly I can’t seem to get my hands on any locally during their VERY short production season. I keep meaning to plant fig trees to give them a go but somehow every summer that doesn’t ever come to fruition. Sniff Sniff. So I bet you’re wondering how I made fig preserves?

Some days my inbox is filled with little treasures like the one I received from the folks at FROM THE FARM. They wanted to send me a shipment of my choice from their website. What did I want? FIGS! Duh.

I was really happy to discover that From The Farm’s mission is to support small American Family Farms by connecting consumers directly to the freshest, highest quality foods available.

From the Farm’s “Black Mission and Kadota Figs are grown by Tonetta “The Fig Lady,” a third generation California fig farmer. Tonetta’s grandad, Mauro Simone, planted and farmed some of the first fig orchards in San Joaquin Valley, helping to make this little known Mediterranean fruit available for sale to people all over the country.

Nicknamed ‘nature’s candy,’ this highly perishable fruit needs special care and expertise to get it from Passion Fruit Farm’s orchards to your home. What makes Tonetta’s figs the best? “I’m really good at what I do,” she says. “I oversee every part of the process so that our figs are picked when they’re perfectly ripe, and reach people in great condition.”  Although many things have changed since the decades her granddad did the farming, one thing does remain the same, her passion and pride in bringing only the highest quality fresh figs from her family to yours. “


Now don’t you want to just slather that fig preserve onto a Crostini? Make it into a GLAZE? Or maybe a FIG TART?

EDITED TO ADD: Contest has ended. Thank you for your entries. Winner is #5 CHRISTINA and has been notified via email.

Who wants to win a shipment of delicious figs?

Fresh Fig Combo – 4 pints
2 pints Kadota Figs
2 pints Black Mission figs

1. Leave a comment telling us your favorite way to enjoy figs!
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Legal Schmegal: Contest is open to those 18 years and older with a US address. Contest runs August 27 – 31, 2012. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Winner will be chosen by random number generator and  will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or  an alternate winner will be drawn.

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Disclaimer: From the Farm provided me with a shipment of figs. I was not compensated for this post. They are providing the same to one bell’alimento reader. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Fig Preserves

Preparation 2017-04-23T00:00:00+00:00
Cook Time 2017-04-23T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings


  • 2 pints figs - trimmed, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place figs, sugar and cinnamon into a heavy bottom saucepan. Add 2 cups water. Stir to combine. Bring to boil over medium - high heat.
  2. When boiling reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until mixture thickens. Stirring as necessary.
  3. Transfer preserves to warm, clean 8 ounce canning jars. Top with lids.
  4. Once cool, transfer to refrigerator.
  5. Note: jars can be canned using the water bath method.



  1. 1
    Kel /

    I like making fig bars (much better than fig newtons). Those figs are beautiful!

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    YUM! Fave way to enjoy figs: roasted on pizza with blue cheese & caramelized onions. mmm!

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    Fresh figs on thin pizza with gorganzola, arugula, onion and a drizzle of balsamic syrup.

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    Wendy /

    I love figs for dessert, dressed simply with a drizzle of balsamic with ice cream or just eaten raw. Also had a fig tart from Lure recently that was amazing.

  10. 12

    I followed you on FB and Twitter.

    I prefer always fig jam.

  11. 13

    Lovely! Just lovely!

  12. 14

    I have a hard time finding fresh figs too. These preserves are gorgeous and I would love to have a big spoonful for my toast this morning!

  13. 15

    ooh, I’d love some figs. I love them with brie on a cracker.

  14. 16

    I grew up with so many fig trees in our yard…my grandpa grew them!! I’m so sad to not have one anymore, and since he’s moved he had to leave them all behind (sniff sniff). I can not eat a fig without thinking of him and my favorite way to eat them is fresh off the tree! 🙂 Or fresh out of the fridge.

    I just picked up some at the store last night!!! Great giveaway!

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    Lindsay /

    I love fresh figs, dried or homemade fig newtons! Yum!!

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    Lindsay /

    I followed you on Pinterest and pinned this recipe!

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    Kristen /

    Roasted with blue cheese!

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    Tina /

    I love figs just picked,still warm from the sun….I also bake them into an Italian fig cookie called X cookies…figs and chocolate…sooo good!

  23. 25

    I may love figs as much as you. These preserves look so good:)If I win them, I will make some for me;)

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    Randi Lynne /

    Like em fresh anyway! And in preserves!

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    I love eating them freshly ripe from the tree!

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    Athena /

    I love fig preserves…yum!

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    I love figs fresh off the tree, paired with cheese and fresh bread!

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    Karen Lynch /

    Fresh or roasted then spread on toast, with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

  35. 37

    I love figs fresh and ripe with nothing on them. I could eat them this way until I’m ready to explode. Luckily my local supermarket sometimes has them because none on my tree this year want to ripen.

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    I already follow you on twitter.

  37. 39

    Oh, figs are my FAV!!!! Beautiful recipe!

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    Geneve /

    YUM! I love figs on homemade flatbread with prosciutto, gorgonzola cheese, balsamic, and some arugula.

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    Geneve /

    Just followed and repinned on twitter… seriously yum again!

  40. 42

    I have recently discovered the awesomeness of making homemade fig newtons, that’s what I’d use them for! and maybe chocolate fig tart!

  41. 43

    i love figs! I, too, make jars and jars of fig preserve!

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    Anne Hernandez /

    I think my favoritest (Yes, I just made it a word) way to enjoy figs is in a salad that highlights autumn flavors. It includes Baby Spinach, Thick Cut Bacon, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, Figs, Gouda Cheese, Dried Cherries, Candied Pecans, and a Maple Pecan Vinaigrette.
    For something simpler, I love how they accompany a cheese plate.

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    Marissa Kubinski /

    My favorite way to eat figs is on a pizza. There’s a pizza at my favorite restaurant in Austin that serves it with figs, goat cheese, and prosciutto.

  56. 58

    Favorite way as preserves.

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    Heather H. /

    I like to spread a bit of goat cheese on a cracker and drizzle a little fig jam on top. Yum!

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    Tina Z /

    I love them plain…YUM!

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    Cindi /

    I really like fig jam…
    Thanks, Cindi

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    Cindi /

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    Cindi /

    Also, I “Like” From the Farm on Facebook.
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  73. 76

    My other half grew up on a farm and they had fig trees so he always ate them off the trees. The fig preserves sound great!

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    MikeW /

    I like them right off of the tree. The tree is by the door, so I can grab a few when I head out the door, and again when I get home.

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    Corisa /

    Fig jam is my favorite especially on a savory sandwich!

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    barbara n /

    Actually I have never tasted figs! So would love to win this giveaway to try them!

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    Karen /

    My friend, Jo Ann, in Houston, makes Fig jam from figs off her trees. It is so good on biscuits fresh from the oven. Of course, I have always been a big Fig Newton fan.

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    Eric F /

    I have actually never used fresh figs… I’d love to make some jam though.

  84. 87

    I love homemade preserves. These look so good Paula!

  85. 88

    Lovely recipe! It may be cliche but I REALLY love homemade fig newtons. They just take me to a warm happy place 🙂

    But I also love them in salads, tarts, etc. So versatile.

  86. 89

    Who wants to win a shipment of figs? Me!!! 🙂 I love figs too, by itself, as jam, and dried… mmm, delicious giveaway! 🙂

  87. 90

    I’m not sure I have ever had figs, but I think I remember a fig and goat cheese pizza a long time ago that I enjoyed.

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    Ruth Naylor /

    The first time I ever had fig preserves, I fell. Hard. I don’t think I ever quite picked myself up. I absolutely love fig preserves and homemade is a little looser than store bought. I like that.

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    sarapete /

    I love fig jam with proscuitto and baguette

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    JennyBC /

    LOVE homemade fig conserve! Just finished my last jar. Would LOVE some figs to make a new batch!

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    Follow you on Pinterest and tagged a picture of those lovely figs!

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    I love dried figs

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    How awesome! I have never in my life cooked with figs, but I love figs!

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    Heather H. /

    I like to eat figs fresh!

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    Francesca /

    Figs w/yogurt and honey. Mmm!

  111. 117

    I’ve actually never had figs before, besides in fig newton form!

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    Allison C /

    I LOVE figs. I can eat them on anything, but I really like them in a spreadable version with a good cheese or in a baked good…preferably cookie like.

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  115. 121

    Yum! Fig lover here 🙂 I love figs in this chicken dish that I make.

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    Leah /

    Honestly, I have never tried figs, but I would love to have them with cheese, and bake them in a tart!

  117. 123

    Last year I made cinnamon fig preserves for Christmas gifts and they were a big hit. Unfortunately the squirrels got to my figs before me this year. But I did get enought to make a fig & blue cheese tart. Drizzled w/honey & topped with fresh mint. Amazing!

    P.S. I followed you on twitter & tweeted this link too!

  118. 124

    My favorite by far is fig preserves. They were a staple of my growing up years since fig trees grew profusely in our area and just about everyone had a couple of trees in their yard.

  119. 125

    This looks so good! I love figs.

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    Joann /

    How exciting !! I’m Italian and absolutely LOVE fresh figs ! I don’t see them often where I live, but just brought a baby fig tree back from my original home…N.Y… and am hoping it does well.

  121. 127
    Joann /

    One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs is to use them in my gramma’s Italian fig filled cookie recipe.

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    Ellyn /

    Vanilla fig jam is my favorite way to enjoy figs.

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    jacquie /

    i have never had fresh figs but would sure love the opportunity to try them.

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    Joann /

    A delicious fig crostata is wonderful !

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    Joann /

    How about a lovely fig, prosciutto, and arugula pizza with some mozzarella and a little goat cheese? YUM !!

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    AppleTree /

    Fresh and whole. My infant son loves them that way, as well.

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    Cori /

    Fig and walnut bread… yum!

  128. 134

    Oh give me some figgy pudding…or preserves…that will work too. Love this!

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    Leigh Nichols /

    I like to snack on them dried

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    Deb K /

    I like figs this way. 6 large Black Mission figs cut in 1/2 Wrap each 1/2 in a strip of lean bacon and broil until the bacon is cooked and the center is bubbly. Let cook 5 min and drizzel each with either sweetened sour cream of sweetened greek style yogurt. Fantastic as an appetiser when served with Merlot or Port.

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    Jennifer G /

    I love fresh figs!

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    Anna Gross /

    I love figs with bleu cheese on a fresh mixed green salad!

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    Anna Gross /

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    TK /

    i’ve never had a fresh fig but i love them in jams!

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    I love figs, especially with gorgonzolla and cracked pepper and a bit of honey.

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    Karen Lynch /

    I have only had figs fresh a couple of times, the jam you made looks divine.

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    Lisa Robardz /

    I love fig jam…can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Lisa Robards /

    MY favorite way to have figs is a fig jam…but I’ve never cooked with figs. Hope I win to try thus recipe out!!

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    Daphne Turner /

    Favorite way to enjoy figs: in my mom-in-law’s frozen gelatin salad.

  156. 163

    fig preserves on a hot buttered croissant. nothing better!

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    fig preserves on a hot buttered croissant!

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    Uyen /

    I have a fig tree at my house that always goes to waste because no one eats it. Any suggestions what I can do with it?


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