Fig Harvest and UnRipe: any recipes for the green ones?

Asked September 25, 2019, 4:26 PM EDT

We have an 18 foot Brown Turkey Fig tree that is sporting a lot of fruit this year. Much of it will not likely ripen. Does the Extension Service have any Fig Recipes for unripe fruit? Thank you J Kleban

Lane County Oregon food safety home food preservation

1 Response

I am not aware of research based recipes for preserving unripe fig however if they are almost ripe you certainly could pickle them. They recommend a firm fig for pickling and most pickled fruits are made from unripe fruits. You could also safely try a jam and see if you like it. If the figs are getting towards the ripe stage some people have had good luck picking them and putting them in a bag with bananas or apples which put off ethylene gas and will help ripen them.

The internet has some interesting Italian cooking recipes using green figs you might like to experiment with.

Sorry I can't be of more help. If you go to the OSU Extension website we have a handout on preserving figs that has a tested pickle recipe you might like to try. It is SP50-648 Preserving Figs.

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mfp/publications

If you have other questions you might like to call the OSU Food Preservation Hotline open M-F from 9 am-4pm now until Mid October. Master Food Preserver Volunteers are available to personally answer your questions. The number is 1-800-354-7319.

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