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Fig relish

This is a family favourite – delicious with all cheese, particularly with goat’s cheese. Or with cold meat, salad, whatever you fancy.



1kg fresh figs
150g sultanas
250g soft brown sugar
1 onion finely chopped
300ml cider vinegar
pinch of sea salt
muslin bag made up of – a cinnamon stick, 3 star anise, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp black pepper corns, 5 cardamon pods.
See ‘Tips’ in for how to make a muslin bag.

Roughly chop figs, put all the ingredients in a large pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for approximately an hour, stirring occasionally until you can push a wooden spoon through the middle and leave a gap. Discard muslin spice bag and spoon into sterilised jars. Seal with a wax disk and lid.

Makes 3 454g/1lb jars.
Once opened store in the fridge. Otherwise store in a cool place for up to 6 months.

Approximate cost £7.00
Figs are not cheap – find a friendly neighbour with a fig tree! But if you buy ready made fig relish, a small jar will cost you £4.