I Love Jams! And today I shall show the proof of the same :). The jams we (used to?) get in India had just overload of sugar and very little fruit. As a child, I used to slather it to my roti , fold it and savour it. Even then I had a thing for jams, and loved Mala’s over Kissan’s – the only two brands available, at least in Pune. With more international brands entering India and our over-seas travel, we get to taste a variety of jams. For every vacation that I have been on the one thing I have got back with me is -yup a bottle of Jam!
Our local supermarket Q-Mart(Hyderabad) stocks some nice collection of Jams from various countries. But their best selling Jams are MACKAYS from Scotland. The occasionally stock jams from Switzerland, Australia (St. Dalfour) and France.
Yesterday, out of boredom, I decided to clean & organize our refrigerator. And there stood a big row of glass bottles- jam bottles! I got an idea to do a post about it because of all the beauty blogs that I read. They review products and post a swatch. I too wanted to show a
swatch sample of each jam but I just couldn’t get myself to open up some jars. Anyways, I did a small photo shoot and decided to blog about my Jam Love 🙂
Ok, preserves, crush, marmalade are all jams for me.
First up is our MACKAYS collection- Scottish strawberry preserve, Scottish Three Berry (Strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant) preserve, Scottish raspberry preserve and Strawberry with Champagne Preserve.
These are all yum yum yum! Not very sweet and one can actually taste the fruit in the jam – with seeds and all! Ya, at any given time we have at least 3 bottles in our fridge.
More love from MACKAYS – Rhubarb & Ginger Preserve & Orange marmalade with champagne.
Rhubarb+ginger- classic combination, awesome taste. Orange marmalade – slightly bitter but so lovely. They even have orange peels in it. Slather the orange “jam” on a piece of chocolate cake. Mmmmm…
Gooseberry Jam – is from New Zealand. It is from this beautiful place Mamaku Blue in Rotorua (North Island, NZ). They sell only blueberry and gooseberry products. Even wine made out of it! This gooseberry jam is one of the best jams I have ever eaten. The Mamaku shop keeps small tasting bowls filled with various jams & chutneys and some crackers. I clearly remember, I polished off the entire gooseberry bowl :D! The sweet lady at the counter gave a big smile and told the husband – She really liked it!. Yup I did. And we purchased two bottles of it.
Fig Jam – is a product of France. You*have to* love figs to appreciate this jam. There are fig quarters in the jam! Love it.
The small cute bottles of raspberry and blueberry jams were picked up from a HongKong supermarket.
The big bottle of blueberry jam is again from the Mamaku farms mentioned above. Blueberries, mulberries and raspberries are my favourite berries.
The Apricot jam is also from New Zealand. And this is what their website says –
- New Zealand apricots
- Gluten Free
- No preservatives
- No added pectin
- No colourings
Green kiwifruit jam – I guess no need to tell from where :). Its printed boldly on the bottle. Are you wondering why they had to write specifically “green”? Because in NZ you get golden kiwi fruit too. We have finished the golden kiwi fruit jam long back. I am yet to open the green jam bottle. I just don’t have the heart to. I love love kiwi fruit. I keep buying it at ridiculous prices here in Hyderabad. And I hogged on them while in NZ. This bottle reminds me of all the good time and fun we had when we went there on a holiday in Feb 2012. Memories in a jar.
These are Fabindia finds. The plum crush is just awesome. Makes for great ice-cream toppings. And I recently made hot & spicy drumsticks using the plum crush (recipe coming soon…), and it was awesome.
We wind up with a round up of New Zealand jams. We stayed in more than half-a-dozen B&B’s and most of them served the apricot jam from Anathoth. Its free of preservatives and colourings. Just pure stuff. The Mamaku Blue farms is a beautiful place to visit if you happen to be in Rotorua. A lovely drive to reach the farms too. The gooseberry jam is really unique. I can grab a spoon and finish the entire jar in one go. It is so tangy. Yum.Yum. Yum.
And as for the kiwi jam, the expiry date is fast approaching and I will have to open it up. Shhh…. I am helping a friend plan their NZ trip, perhaps I can convince them to get a bottle (or two?) of kiwi jam for me. NZ has quality fruit in abundance and many of them practice organic farming hence the quality of jams is simply awesome. Oh and they have variety of dehydrated fruits and fruit leather which are also very very tasty. Do try the ones from Annie’s or most probably the owner of one of the B&B’s will be doing this for their family and the good people that the New Zealanders are they will most probably share it with you. Ours did – every day she would come with a bowl full of dried fruit.
If you are still reading this, thanks for your patience. I really do love jams!