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Fig Conserve: Homemade, easy with lots of flavor.

November 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Dessert, Middle Eastern

Recipe: Fig Conserve: Homemade, easy with lots of flavor.

Fresh Figs and Health:

Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. According to USDA data for the Mission variety, dried figs are richest in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, relative to human needs. They have smaller amounts of many other nutrients. Figs have a laxative effect and contain many antioxidants. They are good source of flavonoids and polyphenols. In one study, a 40-gram portion of dried figs (two medium size figs) produced a significant increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.

Summary: The anise and the arabic gum gives this recipe a very unique flavor.


  • 5 pounds dried figs
  •  2 ½ pounds sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons anise seed
  • ½ teaspoon Arabic gum (Miska), ground
  • 2 cups water
  •  1 cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts


  1. Boil water and sugar. Add the figs, anise seed and Arabic gum, Cover and let simmer on low heat until the figs are cooked well and the mixture is thick. Add the nuts and mix. Pour the hot figs into clean glass jars, and seal immediately. Traditionly it served with pita bread.

Cooking time (duration): 30 minutes

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern

My rating:5.0 stars

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