Not just olives and cherries: our mixed orchards also produce a good amount of figs. We are currently picking our ripe organically grown figs, and we process them into an excellent fig extra jam.
Olive, cherry, fig trees and other fruit trees are grown together in the same orchards in order to diversify production and enhance ecosystem resiliency to pests and diseases. Tree species diversity also provides a better habitat for wildlife. Fig trees are present in all of our five plots, totalling approximately 50 fig trees of different local varieties, including green, red and black figs. We take care of them according to organic farming standards: just pruning, spreading organic manure, and trimming the weeds underneath every four to six months (we do our best to minimise disturbance to wildlife). Fig trees are very hardy and do not require any pesticide treatment.
This spring and during the first part of the summer, we had enough rainfall, which is essential for an abundant production of figs. Nature gave us a generous harvest, so these days we are picking our figs.
Immediately after the harvest, we bring our figs to a food laboratory owned by a friend of us (Pasticceria Angelo Mastrangelo in Canosa di Puglia) to process them into fig jam.
Freshly picked figs are washed, peeled, and poured into the processing machine along with fresh lemon juice and a small amount of organic unrefined cane sugar (panela from Ecuador, approximately 2.5 kg for each 30 kg of figs). Thanks to the innovative equipment we use, the ingredients are processed in vacuum and at low temperature (approximately 60°C). In this way the vitamins of fruit are better retained than in the traditional processing, plus we don’t need to add pectins and the amount of added sugar required is really minimal. The following steps consist in filling the jars, capping and pasteurising them at the right temperature.
We are also making a variant with whole cocoa, in which whole cocoa directly sourced from a small farm in Barbosa (Antioquia, Colombia), is added to the mix.
Our fig extra jam is now ready. Our jam qualifies as extra jam according to EU rules, as its fruit content exceeds 45% (instead of 35% as a general requirement for jams). We use approximately 180 g of fruit to produce 100 g of jam.
These are the prices for the available jar sizes:
FIG EXTRA JAM
40 g, price € 1.50
250 g, price € 3.90
370 g, price € 4.80
440 g, price € 5.30
FIG JAM WITH WHOLE COCOA
370 g, price € 5.10