Step back in time with this ancient recipe for fig syrup, a natural remedy that has been passed down through generations. Originally created by our beloved grandmothers, this syrup is not only an effective solution for coughs and phlegm, but it can also be enjoyed by those who need to watch their blood sugar levels. The best part? It doesn't contain any added sugar – only the natural sweetness inherent in figs. Let's discover the ingredients and how to prepare this grandmother's fig syrup.
The Benefits of Figs
The fig, although not technically a fruit, is renowned for its numerous health benefits. Packed with fiber, vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamin K), and minerals like potassium and magnesium, figs promote overall well-being. These nutrients not only support bone and muscle health, but they also boost the immune system. In this ancient recipe, we combine figs with star anise, known for its expectorant properties, and cloves, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate muscle pain associated with fevers.
- 5 ripe organic figs
- 2 and a half liters of water
- 5 pieces of star anise
- 12 cloves
- Juice of 2 organic lemons
Preparing Grandmother’s Fig Syrup
To begin, wash the figs and remove the stems. Slice the figs into quarters and place them in a generously sized pot with a thick bottom. This choice of pot allows for a low flame during the long boiling process of the syrup. Add water to the pot.
Start the cooking process by letting the ingredients simmer over very low heat for approximately one hour. Stir occasionally to prevent the figs from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Afterward, turn off the stove and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. While the mixture is straining, sterilize the jars you will be using to store the syrup.
Pour the strained liquid back into the pot and add the star anise, cloves, and lemon juice. Let the mixture simmer for three and a half hours, or until it thickens to a dark and dense consistency, similar to honey. Once it has reached this stage, allow it to cool slightly.
Next, carefully package the fig syrup in the sterilized jars, ensuring the lids are sealed tightly. Place the jars upside down to allow a vacuum to form. This syrup has a long shelf life, but once opened, it is recommended to store it in the refrigerator for no more than 3-4 days.
It is important to consult with your physician before using any natural remedy. For individuals with diabetes, it is advised to consume this syrup in moderation and reserve it for cases of cough and phlegm, as an alternative to traditional cough syrups that often contain sucrose.
For a video tutorial on how to prepare fig syrup, you can watch the following recipe on the Pane e Mortadella YouTube channel.
Please note that the information provided in this article does not substitute medical consultation or diagnosis from a healthcare professional. The information is intended to supplement, not replace, the direct relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. The mentioned products are reviewed for informational purposes only, and individual results may vary.
Hi, my name is Emma and I am a passionate writer and editor at spartanewspapers.com. With a keen interest in health and wellness, I strive to provide our readers with informative and engaging articles on topics such as dieting, nutrition, and natural remedies. One of my most memorable moments at spartanewspapers.com was when I interviewed a renowned nutritionist and gained valuable insights that I could share with our audience.