Harvest Fig Leaves - Don't throw them out
It is time to harvest those beautiful fig leaves instead of thowing them out. Then can them for winter cooking.
Most have heard of grape leaf Dolma. A Mediterranean- Armenian - Greek dish; namely stuffed leaves. If you have not, stay in touch I will be presenting them one of these days when I master the art of U Tubing.
Back to the fig leaves for now.
Cut the full size and well shaped ones at the edge of the leaf leaving out the stem. Then stack them about 8 or 10 and roll them into a cigar shape. Tie it with a cooking string, environmentally friendly, nothing fancy. Prepare the quart jars, lids and rings as you would for hot bath canning of fruits, etc. A quart will take about 6 or 7 of these bundles. After bringing the leaves to a boil let it cook on med. heat for about 45 minutes to assure their tenderness. Pack them in the jars and add the boiling water you have from the cooking until jar is full to 1/2 inch from the top. If you run short on liquid just add some very hot water to the mix . Process them for about 10 minutes.
Best of luck,
PS. Cheat a little. While the leaves are cooking take some of that liquid in a cup and enjoy it as fig leaf tea. Be sure to add more water to the pot to have ample liquid for the process.