Welcome to Discoveries at the Jungle, where each month we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting, flavorful and sometimes bizarre items Jungle Jim’s has to offer. This month, we’re featuring fruit preserves from around the world! Some past focuses this year have been coffee, tea, snacks, pasta, candy, cookies, condiments, and more! If you missed any of those those posts, or want to revisit them, make sure you go back and give them a read.
While we might have simplified the theme this month to just jams and jellies, we’re really talking about the whole world of fruit preserves, which encompasses jams, jellies, chutney, curds, spreads, and more! Fruit preserves are preparations of fruits, vegetables, and sugars that are canned or sealed for long term use. The different styles of ingredients, fruits, and vegetables in preserves determines which category they fall under.
The origin of fruit preserves are a little cloudy. Some say humans started preserving fruit around the 1st to the 4th century AD. Although, we didn’t see similar styles of preserves that we see today until Napoleon offered a reward to help feed his armies by preserving food easily - in 1785. From there we started seeing different styles of preserves such as jams, jellies, marmalades, and more!
Let’s sit back and discover fruit preserves from around the world, and hey, maybe even learn a little more about them in the process!
St. Dalfour Fruit Spreads - France
These fruit spreads are 100% all natural and come in so many varieties! They have pear, pomegranate, ginger orange, black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, apricot, black raspberry, four fruit, and blackcurrant. St. Dalfour was founded in Southwestern France in 1984 by the Kistner family.
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: French Section
Did you know? One of the pioneers in the US of fruit preserves was Jerome Smucker of Ohio, who used apples to open a cider mill in 1897. Within a few years, he was also making apple butter. Smucker blended the apple butter in a copper kettle over a wood stove. He and his wife ladled the apple butter into stoneware crocks. She then sold it to other housewives near their home in Wayne County, Ohio.
Follain Extra Fruit Jams - Ireland
These traditional Irish jams were born from Mairin and Peadar O’Lionaird and Eithne Ui Shiadhail while they were in the honey business. In 1983 they used a recipe from Eithne’s grandmother to make grapefruit marmalade. It was an instant success, so they expanded their honey line to include jams. Over the years they have added strawberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry, loganberry, rhubarb ginger, grapefruit, whisky, and orange.
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Irish Section
Did you know? Unlike butter, margarine, Nutella, and cheese, jams do not contribute to the cholesterol and fat content of your body. Jam helps maintain a healthy weight when following recommended serving sizes.
Catch the other featured items from this month here:
St. Dalfour Fruit Spreads From France and Follain Extra Fruit Jams From Ireland
Hafi Preserves from Sweden and Welsh Lady Curds from Wales
Scandinavian Delight Fruit Spreads from Denmark and Schwartau Fruit Spreads from Germany
D’arbo Fruit Spreads from Austria and Wilkin and Sons Conserves from England
Sarantis Preserves From Greece and Livada Preserves from Romania
Favorit Preserves from Switzerland and Casa Giulia Preserves from Italy