Chia Fig Jam

When you have a lot of figs, don't freeze them. Make this easy jam instead.

I have heard that fresh figs right off the tree are amazing! But, we live in Minnesota so I have never had a true fresh fig right off the tree. They just don’t grow here!

This summer our local Trader Joes had huge crates of fresh figs for sale. Of course, I was so excited to get them home and give them a taste, as close to fresh off the tree as I would find here. 

I got them home and ate a few. They were delicious!

The next day they all seemed to have ripened at once. Yikes! Should I freeze them, can them, cook them down? Nope, I made jam. Just like my grandma used to do with all of her fresh summer fruit! But, I took the super easy route and made them with chia seeds. Chia fig jam, it’s delicious!

Chia Fig Jam

Chia Fig Jam

When you have a lot of figs, don't freeze them. Make this easy jam instead.



  1. Slice figs into quarters.

  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the figs until they become really soft.
  3. Add in the honey, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mash them with a potato masher until you get the consistency that you want for your jam.

  5. Add in the chia seeds and stir.
  6. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to allow the seeds to gel.
  7. Store in a glass container in the fridge. It will last several weeks.


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4 Replies to “Chia Fig Jam”

  1. I live in the south and we have lots of figs I have two varieties in my yard I personally freeze them by washing lightly placing on parchment paper put them in the freezer and then toss them in a ziplock bags, another thing I like to do is sprinkle jello on them and then freeze them. they’re like a little Candide frozen treats you can pop in your mouth anytime.

  2. I’m going to try this Chia Fig Jam once I find out if it can be processed in jars like Jams.
    I’ll keep you posted.

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