Watch Cooking Channel

Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen

Fig jam with fennel pollen, yogurt cheese, pickled figs.

Abundance is the mother of preservation. My friend Amy found herself in possession of a very large quantity of figs, more than any rational human could possibly manage to consume, so I happily took a few flats off her hands. Fig jam, after all, is my absolute favorite.

Coincidentally, I’d been harvesting fennel pollen from a thicket up the hill from my home. After a couple weeks drying in the basement, I worked the pollen off the fennel heads.

Fennel pollen.

Abundance. A surfeit of figs and a bowlful of freshly harvested fennel pollen. They called to each other, beckoned each other. As my jam bubbled on the stove, possessed by the power of the pollen, I tossed some in. Just like that.

The flavor of the fennel bloomed in the jam, enhancing the natural floral and honeyed notes of the figs, but left a haunting licorice note at the back of the palate. We enjoyed some that night on crostini with homemade yogurt cheese alongside a simple salad, and I am eager to use it as a condiment with pork loin. But this jam begs for cheese, playing as well with a tart fresh chêvre, a sharp cheddar, a mild gorgonzola dolce or, best of all, salty, hard cheese like Grana Padano (or my personal favorite, Achadinha Capricious).

Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen

If you don’t have fennel pollen, fennel seed can be substituted, though the flavor will be milder.

1000 g. fresh, ripe figs, rinsed (about 7 cups, chopped)
900 g. granulated white sugar (about 5 cups)
1 Tbsp fennel pollen
1 Tbsp butter, to reduce foaming (optional)

Combine the figs and sugar in a large nonreactive pot and leave to macerate for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better, as the sugar breaks down the fruit; I left mine macerating in the fridge overnight. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to avoid burning. Mash the fruit with a wooden spoon occasionally. Cook an hour or until thickened and the flesh of the fruit is translucent. Add the fennel pollen and stir to combine thoroughly. If you’re canning, ladel the jam into sterilized jars, adding 1 Tbsp of bottled lemon juice per pint, and process by normal water bath method. Otherwise, refrigerate and use within a month.

Read More: Sean discovers an award-winning pickled fig (and scores the recipe) for the SF Weekly.

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, and has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, DPaul Brown, and their hyperactive terrier, Reese.

Tags:

Comments (1225)

  1. Trackback posted 05/06/2014

    Funny…

    Is a computer science degree any good for computer forensics?…

  2. writing software posted 05/07/2014

    writing software…

    [...]check below, are some completely unrelated sites to ours, nonetheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  3. occ mundial posted 05/08/2014

    occ mundial…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to web sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]…

  4. Credit Restoration posted 05/09/2014

    Credit Restoration…

    [...]check below, are some completely unrelated web-sites to ours, having said that, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  5. Friv gaming posted 05/10/2014

    Friv gaming…

    [...]that is the end of this write-up. Here you will come across some internet sites that we believe you will appreciate, just click the links over[...]…

  6. erezione debole posted 05/11/2014

    erezione debole…

    [...]The information and facts talked about within the write-up are several of the very best obtainable [...]…

  7. Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  8. website designer chennai posted 05/12/2014

    …Websites you should visit…

    [...]I am not positive where you are getting your info, however good topic.[...]…

  9. Waterfalls tour posted 05/12/2014

    Waterfalls tour…

    [...]just beneath, are numerous completely not connected websites to ours, nevertheless, they are surely really worth going over[...]…

  10. Hop Over To This Website posted 05/15/2014

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  11. Home insurance cost posted 05/21/2014

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  12. eliquid posted 05/22/2014

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  13. School posted 05/22/2014

    School…

    [...]one of our guests lately proposed the following website[...]…

  14. Elite posted 05/22/2014

    Elite…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]…

  15. best price hotels posted 05/23/2014

    best price hotels…

  16. Blog posted 05/24/2014

    Blog…

    [...]the time to read or visit the material or sites we have linked to beneath the[...]…

  17. berita bola dunia posted 05/25/2014

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  18. carbunkle truckwhite posted 05/30/2014

    Healing’s Dragon…

    to find problems to boost my web-site!I suppose its ok to make usage of a handful of of your principles!!…

  19. stress free posted 05/31/2014

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  20. rental insurance quotes posted 06/01/2014

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  21. masinute electrice posted 06/06/2014

    masinute electrice…

  22. lowe coupon posted 06/06/2014

    lowe coupon…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  23. website designer in Chennai posted 06/09/2014

    …Trackback: More Informations on that topic…

    [...]Wow, superb weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for?[...]…

  24. have a peek at this website posted 06/10/2014

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  25. sam waltonman posted 06/11/2014

    The Absent Game…

    Concerning me and my husband we have owned far more MP3 players over time than I can count, together with Sansas, iRivers, iPods (common & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few ages I’ve settled down to one line of players….

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c