First I soaked the firm small fruits in water and trimmed the ends. Better use rubber gloves because unripe figs release a lot of natural rubber, sticky and slightly poisonous too. Even allergic reactions may occure.
Afterwards I dropped the figs into a pot with a lot of boiling water and boiled for 15 minutes. Not ready yet, rinsed the figs with cold water:
I poaked a deep hole right into the middle of each fig by using a thick bamboo skrewer, and boiled them again in fresh water for 15 minutes.
I washed the pot between the boiling turns using a metal spongue to clean of the sticky rubber...
Rinsing and boiling is to get rid of the rubber and to soften the figs of course! So after the second time boiling it is iportant to rinse the figs with fresh water again and let drain in a sieve.
Meanwhile I boiled 750 g sugar and 350 ml water until the sugar disolved and added the rinsed figs:
Boiled it up again and spooned the hot figs into 2 jars. Boiled the sirup longer and let reduce until a somewhat thicker sirup formed. For test just drip some drops on a cold plate, should be runny but more slowly and "fat" runny. Afterwards I removed the vanilla pod.
Filled the hot liquid into the jars to cover the figs. Sealed with a lid.
Those figues are yummy with cheese or yoghurt...