Before this year, my only experience with fresh figs was with these Dalmatia's that Pat would bring in every fall from his tree. It is a pretty weird looking fruit if you ask me. It reminds me of pistachios when I was a kid. I always wanted them but when I got them they were so weird looking I almost didn't want to eat them. Something just doesn't look right about them. Kelly is a big fig whore so I've had some experience this year eating some other varieties of figs. There are so many varieties and they're all different in looks and taste. The Dalmatia's are bright green, big, juicy, and have lots of sweet flavor. I think it makes the perfect fig for jam.
The photos below with the yellow background and the purple napkins were borrowed from Mark's mom and are from the Philippines. I love the bright yellow, it is a good contrast for the jam pics I've taken.
I found an interesting looking recipe on Epicurious for Drunken Fig Jam. Instead of using water as the liquid that's used in most jam recipes, this one uses brandy. It's brilliant! :) The recipe says to use black figs but of course I used these green ones and it turned out wonderful. Below is the only slightly altered recipe from Epicurious.