Spiced Figs for Fertility and Abundance

Dear Miracles,

This recipe came from my great aunt Mary Margaret — she passed over ten years ago and was the first person outside of my immediate family that taught me how to perform simple divinations with chicken bones among other things. She also had this fantastic recipe which reads like a magical ritual as I think you will see. I spend the month of October preparing for Samhain and Dia de los Muertos/All Saint’s Day all of which are celebrated in my family — this was one of the first recipes to honor the ancestors I whipped up this year:



3 quarts whole, unpeeled, figs (Figs are traditionally associated with fertility, abundance, and the female reproductive organs. In some Hindu traditions the World Tree or axis mundi is actually a fig tree. In Conjure figs, specifically the leaves, are also used for friendship. In various Mediterranean traditions figs are eaten by women who wish to conceive a child.)

6 cups sugar-(to sweeten someone to you or keep a relationship sweet).

1 cup apple cider vinegar-(to sweeten, cleanse, and preserve).

2 quarts boiling water

Small cheesecloth bag of whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and whole allspice-(cinnamon is a powerful agent for love and money drawing work and also to speed situations/people along, cloves are for friendship and kind feeling, allspice ushers in abundance).



Cover figs with boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes.

make syrup of water, sugar, vinegar, and bag of spices

Drain figs then boil in syrup for 10 minutes for 3 mornings in a row

The third morning pack in sterilized jars and seal

I love the fact that she gives the directions to boil the figs in the syrup for three mornings in a row for ten minutes each time. Obviously you could boil them at ten minute intervals through 1 or 2 days and clearly you could boil them at a time other than the morning but this was her recipe and I honor it in its entirety.



6 responses to “Spiced Figs for Fertility and Abundance

  1. Bri, what an heirloom of a recipe for bringing in the new! This is a time of year for me when I like to let ideas ripen. This is a keeper and a ritual I am going to embrace. Thank you :)

  2. What a lovely tradition honoring your great aunt. It’s so interesting to read what all of the ingredients represent. Sounds like a very powerful potion.

  3. Jacqueline Fairbrass on said:

    I adore figs! And this year I let out my inner green witch and started foraging and canning. It had been years.
    Althought I won’t be able to forage for figs, I certainly will be able to get some at the supermarket. I’m thinking of winter mornings and greek yoghurt with these figs. Yum!

  4. While I’m not a fig fan, I am a huge fan of tradition and hand-me-down recipes! It’s so cool that you’re honoring her legacy and helping her live on through your practice. <3

  5. So cool. I’ve never eaten a fig. Hmmm…what do they taste like? That recipe sounds sinful I may just have to try it. And love how you honor your aunt.

  6. I’m not a great fan of figs, but your recipe sounded very magical and you made me think that it is about time to set some traditions in my family.