Fig Preserves Recipe - Authentic Vegan Greek Delight

Fig Preserves

Fig Preserves Recipe - Authentic Vegan Greek Delight
Region / culture: Greece | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 2 hours | Servings: 8 | Vegan diet


Fig Preserves
Fig Preserves

Fig preserves are a delicious and versatile spread that can be enjoyed on toast, crackers, or even as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. This recipe for fig preserves is simple to make and requires just a few ingredients.


Fig preserves have been enjoyed for centuries, with fig trees being cultivated in ancient civilizations such as Egypt and Greece. The process of preserving figs in sugar or honey was a common method of preserving the fruit for consumption during the off-season.


How to prepare

  1. Wash the figs and remove their stems.
  2. In a pot, simmer the figs with twice the amount of sugar until the mixture reaches the desired thickness.
  3. Transfer the mixture into sterilized jars and seal them with sterilized lids.


  • Add a splash of lemon juice or a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavor.
  • Mix in chopped nuts or dried fruit for added texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use ripe and ready-to-cook whole figs for the best flavor and texture in your preserves.

- Simmer the figs with sugar until the mixture reaches the desired thickness, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

- Sterilize your jars and lids before transferring the preserves to ensure a longer shelf life.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy fig preserves on toast, crackers, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering the figs with sugar helps to break down the fruit and create a thick, jam-like consistency.

Ingredient Substitutions

If fresh figs are not available, you can use dried figs soaked in water overnight for this recipe.

Make Ahead Tips

Fig preserves can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Presentation Ideas

Serve fig preserves in a decorative jar with a ribbon or label for a thoughtful homemade gift.

Pairing Recommendations

Fig preserves pair well with cheese, crackers, or as a topping for grilled meats.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store fig preserves in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of fig preserves contains approximately 60 calories.


Figs are a good source of carbohydrates, with each serving of fig preserves containing approximately 15 grams of carbs.


Fig preserves are low in fat, with less than 1 gram of fat per serving.


Fig preserves are not a significant source of protein, with less than 1 gram per serving.

Vitamins and minerals

Figs are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin K, and fiber.


Fig preserves may contain allergens such as sulfites, depending on the brand of sugar used in the recipe.


Fig preserves are a delicious and nutritious spread that is low in fat and calories, making them a great addition to a healthy diet.


Fig preserves are a delicious and versatile spread that is easy to make at home. Enjoy this sweet and tangy treat on toast, crackers, or as a topping for your favorite dishes.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is etched in my memory forever. It was a warm summer day, the sun was shining brightly, and the fig tree in our backyard was bursting with ripe, juicy figs. I remember standing under that tree, the sweet smell of figs filling the air, and feeling a sudden surge of inspiration.

I had always loved cooking, and I had spent years collecting recipes from various sources. But there was something special about the thought of making fig preserves from the fruit of our own tree. I knew that it would be a labor of love, a way to preserve the bounty of the season and share it with my family and friends.

I had never made fig preserves before, but I was determined to give it a try. I remembered hearing my grandmother talk about making them when I was a child, and I decided to start by asking her for her recipe. She was delighted to share it with me, and she told me that the secret to good fig preserves was to use only the ripest, sweetest figs and to cook them slowly over low heat to bring out their natural flavor.

Armed with my grandmother's recipe and a basket full of ripe figs, I set to work. I washed the figs carefully, removing any stems or blemishes, and then I started to prepare them for cooking. I sliced each fig into quarters, being careful to keep their shape intact, and then I placed them in a large pot with sugar and lemon juice.

As the figs cooked, their natural juices began to release and their sweet aroma filled the kitchen. I stirred the mixture gently, watching as the figs softened and the syrup thickened. After what seemed like hours, the preserves were finally ready. I carefully ladled them into jars, sealing them tightly, and set them aside to cool.

The first taste of the fig preserves was pure bliss. The figs were tender and sweet, with a hint of lemon to balance their flavor. I knew that I had stumbled upon something truly special, a recipe that would become a staple in my kitchen for years to come.

Over the years, I have made fig preserves countless times, each batch as delicious as the last. I have shared them with my family and friends, who never fail to marvel at their rich flavor and velvety texture. And each time I make them, I think back to that warm summer day under the fig tree, when I discovered the magic of fig preserves for the first time.

I have since learned that fig preserves are a beloved tradition in many cultures, with each family having their own unique recipe and method of preparation. I have tried different variations of the recipe, adding spices like cinnamon and ginger, or even a splash of brandy for a boozy kick. But no matter how I tweak the recipe, the basic principles remain the same: ripe figs, sugar, and patience.

As I sit here, surrounded by jars of fig preserves, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the simple joys of cooking and sharing good food with loved ones. I may have acquired this recipe from my grandmother, but it has become a part of me, a way to connect with my past and create memories for the future.

So the next time you find yourself with a basket of ripe figs and a longing for something sweet, consider making a batch of fig preserves. It may take time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. And who knows, maybe one day you'll be the one passing down the recipe to your own grandchildren, sharing the magic of fig preserves with a new generation.


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