It's stone fruit season here on our urban homestead. Our bees have successfully done their job and there are plenty of delicious ripe apricots, plums and peaches ready to harvest. The fruit that doesn't make it to our weekly farmer's market (or in our own tummies) will be made into great tasting, low-sugar jam! Growing up,my mother always made batches upon batches of peach preserves and stored them away in her canning cabinet. When we were treated with ice cream, she'd pop open a can of peachy goodness while my sisters and I would watch in anticipation.
Well we've been on a canning spree the last few weeks and one of my favorite jams thus far has been our Strawberry Plum Jam. We have recently discovered the wonderful marriage of Strawberries and Plums! With a variety of plum trees from Asian Plums to these mini deep red juicy sweet plums (I have no idea of the exact variety) around the property, we have stocked up. Although this jam was created spontaneously, we completely sold out of this at last week's farmer's market.
Try this jam on top of some home-made biscuits or with a healthy heaping of vanilla ice cream. Although I haven't tried it yet, I suspect its great on pancakes also! Keep in mind this is a low-sugar jam with a 'fruit-forward' flavor. Tie it with a bow for a great thank you gift!
If you're local to our urban farm and are interested in attending a jam making workshop, please let us know!