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, its delicious!
Chia Fig Jam
- 3 cups fresh figs, quartered
- 1/2 cup raw honey — we use this kind
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds — where to find
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- pinch sea salt (optional)
- Slice figs into quarters
- In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the figs until they become really soft
- Add in the honey, lemon juice and a pinch of salt
- Mash them with a potato masher until you get the consistency that you want for your jam
- Add in the chia seeds and stir
- Allow to sit for 5 minutes to allow the seeds to gel
- Store in a glass container in the fridge
- It will last several weeks
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