San Francisco based INNA Jam was founded by Dafna Kory after a revelatory experience eating hot pepper jelly as part of a cheese plate at a friend’s Thanksgiving celebration. After unsuccessfully searching high and low for hot pepper jelly to recreate the experience, she decided to make a batch herself. She kept one jar and gave away the rest to friends and family, who were soon knocking on her door asking for more. The rest, as they say, is history.
INNA has come a long way since its inception, but one thing hasn’t changed – the central role of the cheese plate. With holiday appetizers in mind, we are wildly excited to offer INNA’s delicious Black Mission Fig Jam as our December Featured Jam. Unlike most commercial fig jams that are made with dried figs, Dafna’s version features only fresh, organic Black Mission variety figs grown nearby in Capay Valley, CA. In fact, almost all of INNA’s ingredients are sourced within a 150 mile radius of their San Francisco headquarters.
The use of fresh, perfectly ripe figs creates a smooth texture and delicate flavor, and touches of organic unrefined cane sugar and apple cider vinegar highlight the figs’ inherent floral and earthy notes. The result is a preserve that is just as good atop vanilla ice cream as it is on – you guessed it – a festive cheese plate. As Ina Garten of The Barefoot Contessa fame puts it, “This is my favorite fig jam, it’s sweet and savory at the same time.” Special thanks to our friends at Panciuto for help with an NC-centric cheese plate (pictured) to go with Dafna’s California dream in a jar.