Fig trees are easy to grow and thrive in Gloucester. They like sandy soil and are easy to care for. Once the tree is established it will reward you every year with several harvests of luscious, plump figs.

So what to do when my intrepid spouse picked ten pounds of figs? I made fig jam. It is delicious on toast, pancakes and vanilla ice cream. You can brush the jam on chicken breasts and pork chops and saute them for a quick and easy meal. Figs lend themselves to tarts, cakes and pies. They are delicious paired with Blue cheese and wrapped in a thin slice of prosciutto.

Check out our local farmers market and Ware Neck Produce for figs. Ask friends and neighbors if they have any to spare. Plant a fig bush in your yard and you will soon enjoy its sweet summer bounty of fruit.

Here is a recipe to try!

Fresh Fig Bars

How to make it

  • Combine figs, water, honey, salt and lemon peel in saucepan and simmer 1-1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons flour and water and stir into fig mixture.
  • Cook 5 minutes longer stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and walnuts.
  • Cream shortening with brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and oatmeal and stir into creamed mixture.
  • Pat half of oatmeal mixture into bottom of a well greased rectangular pan.
  • Spread fig filling evenly over oatmeal mixture then sprinkle remaining half of oatmeal mixture on top and press with fork.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • Cut into squares while still warm.
  • Cool completely before removing from pan.

Nancy Halstead

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