Dulce de Brevas

Figs in Syrup

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • 1½ cups

Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

  • About

Brevas grow in the Andean region. This dulce is said to be from Cundinamarca, and also from the Huila and Tolima departments. These figs are delicious with Arequipe, with Cuajada, or with ice cream.


  • 1 pound figs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. Wash the figs well to remove the hairy crust. Make a cross cut on the top of each fig.
  2. In a medium, heavy pot place the figs, 4 cups of water, and the salt. Bring to a boil, drain the figs, and discard the water.
  3. Return the figs to the pot and add 4 cups fresh water. Simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and continue to simmer over low heat for 1½ hours more. The figs should have softened and the syrup will be light. Add the lime juice, mix, and remove from the heat.
  5. Cool, refrigerate, and serve.