|Ripe figs||5 Quart (Choose Firm One)|
|Soda||1 Cup (16 tbs) (added to water)|
|Sugar||5 Cup (80 tbs)|
|Vinegar||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Ground nutmeg||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Whole cloves||2 Teaspoon|
|Whole allspice||2 Teaspoon|
|Ginger root piece||1 Medium|
|Green food coloring||1 Teaspoon|
Place the figs in a large bowl, then sprinkle with the soda and add 6 quarts boiling water.
Let stand for 5 minutes, then thoroughly rinse the figs in cool water and drain.
Bring 2 1/2 cups sugar and 2 quarts water to a boil in a saucepan.
Add the figs and cook for 30 minutes or until tender.
Add remaining sugar, vinegar, salt, nutmeg and whole spices, tied in a piece of thin cloth.
Cook until the figs are clear.
Let stand in a cool place overnight.
Add the coloring, if desired.
Pack the figs to within 1/2 inch of the top of fruit jars.
Bring the syrup to a boil and pour over the figs.
Place the lids on the jars and screw bands tight.
Process for 15 minutes in boiling water.