Product Roundup: Jams, Jellies, and Spreads
Jams, jellies, and spreads of all consistencies and sizes make their way onto store shelves to ultimately end up slathered on toast or a warm muffin, or as an accompaniment to a cheeseboard, and go well beyond the standard berry and nut varieties.
Products draw flavors from a variety of fruits and herbs, from elderberries and plums to figs and rhubarb to thyme and ginger. Childhood flavor mash-ups and seasonal favorites satisfy consumers from the novice to the pickiest of jam connoisseurs. Here are some of the newest and most remarkable jams, jellies, and spreads available now.
Abbey Farm Rhubarb and Ginger Preserve. Made with only three ingredients—rhubarb, sugar, and ginger—these preserves are a welcome sweet and spicy addition to crackers or cheese. Every batch of Abbey Farm jam is hand-stirred in small, open pots to ensure the best flavor, with all-natural ingredients to make each dollup full of fruity richness. bewleyirishimports.com
Anne’s Finest Organic Elderberry Jelly. Named after Anne Fuelner, co-owner of Bavaria’s leading organic jam producer, Anne’s Finest has been a family-owned business for 130 years. This elderberry variety is a unique partner for breakfast goods, cakes, and even meats, and is made with only organic fruit and organic cane sugar. germanfoods.org
Butcher’s Bunches Monkey Bizzness. This chocolate jam is made with Amano Guayas chocolate, orange juice, and bananas. Consumers can spread these creamy preserves on a peanut butter sandwich for a sweet and salty combination, drizzle on a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert, or spread on crepes for a sophisticated breakfast. butchersbunches.com
Frog Hollow Farm Organic Plum and Blueberry Conserve. Made with tree-ripened organic plums at Frog Hollow Farm and cooked with fresh blueberries from a partnering farm, this spreadable treat adds a great texture to a morning muffin, pancakes, and waffles, or when paired with cheese and crackers. Consumers can mix it into their favorite Greek yogurt for a flavorful snack. froghollow.com
Inna Jam Black Mission Fig. A not-too-sweet jam made with only black mission figs, organic unrefined cane sugar, and organic apple cider vinegar, the flavor comes from perfectly ripe figs, with notes of floral honey and an earthy undertone. Suggest your customers pair with prosciutto and soft goat cheese on their next cheese plate, or bake it in a puff pastry with chevre for unique hors d’ouevres. innajam.com
June Taylor Royal Blenheim Apricot Conserve. June Taylor works with small family farms to seek out heirloom and forgotten fruits to support the farmers and ensure that these varieties of fruits will not be lost. Following traditional preserving methods, these conserves are cooked in small batches with minimal organic sugar and no commercial pectin, resulting in a soft set texture and enhanced fresh fruit flavor. junetaylorjams.com
Robert Rothschild Seedless Red Raspberry Preserves. Robert Rothschild preserves are made on-site at its 51,000- square-foot facility in small batches to produce high-quality products. Sun-ripened raspberries burst in this simple and smooth preserve. It is a perfect baste for pork or chicken, adds a touch of sweetness to plain yogurt or blended into a smoothie, and adds an extra sweet note to cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel. robertrothschild.com
SQIRL Santa Rosa Plum and Flowering Thyme Jam. This jam is made from Santa Rosa plums grown at Flora Bella Farm in Three Rivers. When the thyme is in its fragrant flowering stage, it is steeped with the fruit for a floral and savory experience. sqirl.myshopify.com
Stonewall Kitchen Spicy Pumpkin Butter. Your customers can continue to enjoy the flavors of Fall with this smooth and rich spicy pumpkin butter, featuring the savory flavor of pumpkin with a hint of sweet brown sugar and spicy heat from two types of chilis. The unique flavor and zesty kick make it a versatile ingredient for both sweet and savory options. Try it as a secret ingredient for ravioli filling, on sandwiches or in a pumpkin bread. stonewallkitchen.com
Vermont Harvest Apple Rum Walnut Conserve. An exceptional blend of fruit, raisins, walnuts, and spices make this conserve an ideal breakfast spread or topping on vanilla ice cream. It is equally good on morning toast or muffins, with cheddar cheese for a sweet and salty snack, or even as part of a stuffing for a large family feast. vtharvest.com
Sara Kay is content and education associate at the Specialty Food Association.
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