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Fig Syrup

Better brands of Fig Syrup made in France or Italy are made from dried figs. Cheaper brands may just be sugar syrups with added figs.

Cooking Tips

Good on desserts, pancakes, and drizzled on wedges of blue cheese or pieces of foie gras

History Notes

Fig Syrup was being made in the Middle East as far back as the Assyrians.

One brand, California Fig Syrup, was founded around 1878. They called their product "Syrup of Figs". It contained 6% alcohol and was sold at drug stores for laxative use. For medicinal use, cascara, rhubarb or senna could be added. Ads for the product portrayed happy people dressed to the 9's playing lawn tennis.

In 1903, the company went to court to attempt to enforce its trademark on the phrase "Syrup of Figs."

It backfired on them, though, when the court ruled that they had no right to enforce the trademark, because their product did not actually contain any fig juice whatsoever.

See also:


Agave Syrup; Almond Syrup; Barley Malt Syrup; Birch Syrup; Black Treacle; Brown Rice Syrup; Cane Syrup; Chocolate Syrup; Coconut Syrup; Cordials; Corn Syrup; Fig Syrup; Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Flavor Syrup; Golden Syrup; Gum Syrup; Khus Syrup; Maple Syrup; Nectar Syrup; Orgeade; Orgeat Syrup; Pancake Syrup; Rock Candy Syrup; Rose Syrup; Stages of Cooked Sugar Syrups for Candy - Temperature Guide; Sugar Syrup; Swedish Light Syrup; Syrups; Violet Syrup

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Also called:

Fig Molasses


Oulton, Randal. "Fig Syrup." CooksInfo.com. Published 24 May 2004; revised 02 December 2007. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/fig-syrup>.

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