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your preserved figs reminded me of the jar of preserved plums, dated 1984, which I found at the back of my mother's cupboard when she died in 2003. I kept them until I emigrated a couple of years ago. We had a gross of 1lb and 2lb Kilner* preserving jars which were filled every year with apples, plums, greengages, blackberries, pears and tomato puree for use in winter. We only had an acre garden but made good use of it. I even put eggs down in Ising Glass one year. They were fine to eat too.
*(Kilners were a Yorkshire (UK) firm which specialised in making these jars).
Nice article, and I am consumed with jealousy over your beautiful big fig tree. I have a little one that I can't keep from getting rust disease. It doesn't kill the tree, but if it gets a foothold, all the leaves fall off in mid-summer, and re-grow again. This meant last year that my crop of figs did not ripen and of course the tree is not increasing in size the way it should.
So I'm hoping somebody who reads your nice article on figs might have a solution to my rust issue. Neither copper fungicide nor regular sprays of baking soda solution have worked. Neem oil spray didn't help last year either.