Sund-dried Figs

I really like figs. This year, the harvest was quite good so I tried preserving them as a jam (recipe here) and as sun-dried, to be used as a snack or to bake sweets during the autumn and winter seasons.

The (wild) catnip I use in the recipe below is believed (by my grannies and aunties) to help prevent the figs from developing mold or worms.

  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostCheap
  • Rest time3 Days
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalitySummer


fresh figs


– cut the figs in half and put them on wood tray;

– cover them with a net and leave them all day under the sun. Put them inside at night.

– repeat the above step for a few days, till the figs are sun-dried;

– pour water in a large pan and bring to boil;

– put the figs into the boiling water together with some leaves of (wild) catnip;

– After a few seconds, drain the figs;

– place them again under the sun, wrapped in clean kitchen towels, for a few hours till the water dries;

– if you consume them in the next couple of months, then store them into an airtight container away from heat and light;

If, like me, you want to save them for Christmas, then transfer your figs into a container or plastic bag and store them in the freezer. 

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