- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 3- by 1-inch strips fresh lemon zest
- 2 pounds firm-ripe fresh figs
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
Simmer sugar and water in a large heavy saucepan, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Gently stir in figs, zest, and lemon juice and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick and syrupy, 1 3/4 to 2 hours. Gently stir in sesame seeds.