Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
One of the things we love most about jam is its ability to capture the seasons — not just by preserving fruit at the height of ripeness, but also by harnessing and intensifying its flavor. This is especially true of this month’s Featured Jam, Apricot Lemon, from Carlton, OR-based Republic of Jam. Owner Angie Holt and her team slow cook every small batch using local ingredients, fruit pectin, and half the sugar of traditional recipes, allowing the maximum inherent flavor of the fruit to shine.
In this jam, the sweet and tart flavor of apricot is balanced by bright bursts of lemon and rounded with just enough sugar to create a smooth finish. Perfect in a granola bowl packed with fresh seasonal fruit and a heaping spoonful of our nut butter, this jam offers a taste of the warm sun and rich soil of Oregon’s iconic Willamette Valley where Republic of Jam is located.
Insider Tip: Republic of Jam’s understanding of how to coax a startling amount of flavor out of a few stunning ingredients is on display at their retail location and tasting room. Located right in the middle of the Oregon wine country, the shop attracts locals and tourists alike to take a break from wine tasting and try their incredible variety of jams (including Good Food Awardwinning Marionberry Espresso). If you’re ever in the area, it’s a must visit.