Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Fig Preserves

Ocracoke Island is known for its fig trees...and delicious fig preserves. Several varieties of figs grow on the island, and they begin to ripen in August. According to island old timers this year's crop of figs is one of the most abundant in living memory.

Village Craftsmen has sold locally preserved figs for several years. They are tasty on bread (homemade is the best, of course), marvelous as a topping on ice cream, and perfect for Ocracoke Island's famous fig cake (click here -- -- for the recipe).

Many of our readers ask about purchasing fig preserves, but all too often they are out of season when visitors are here on the island. If you would like some authentic Ocracoke Island preserved figs you are now in luck. Because of this year's bumper crop we now have a substantial supply of preserves, ready for shipment anywhere in the US. Just click on this link for more information:

Remember, this is a seasonal item. When they're gone, they're gone...until next year at least. So order now, and enjoy Ocracoke Island figs in your own kitchen!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the 1913 wreck of the 6-masted schooner, George W. Wells. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:22 AM

    I had a chat with Della the other day (the sign out front says 'Owens Vegetable Market'). She says that the crop is bigger than any she has ever seen in her life and she is born and raised on the Island. She is Elizabeth's Parsons sister! Oh, she also sells great blackberry jam and fig cakes! She is located down past the lighthouse. Lou Ann

  2. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Oh Happy Day!! I've been trying to find some authentic Fig preserves from Ocracoke! All the ones in my store are very runny, not very fruity! Will be ordering several jars! Many thanks!

  3. Anonymous3:57 PM

    I ordered some last year and they were delicious! Picked some up on my trip this year. Can't wait to bake a fig cake again.

  4. Anonymous8:00 PM

    I'll be on Ocracoke on the 19th, and you can bet I'll be buying my share of preserves and cake!

  5. cindeec8:37 PM

    I've had fig trees in my yard for 10 yrs.,but didn't know what to do with them until i came to ocracoke.With the help of your cookbook i am able to do all sorts of tasty things!Thanx bunches!