black MULBERRY jam
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Despite its name, the mulberry isn’t really a berry - it grows on a tree much like its relative the fig (and like figs, mulberries are actually more flower than fruit). Native to western Asia, it has been grown for its fruit since before Roman times.
These mulberries are grown on a small farm (there are only 50 mulberry trees in the orchard) with pines planted all around them to protect the fragile fruit from the strong winds that can sweep through the region. The fruit is picked by hand, each tree requiring multiple pickings since mulberries don’t all ripen at the same time.
Our black mulberry jam has the least amount of added sugar of all our jams (the mulberries are naturally very sweet, so they don't require much sugar to make a delicious jam). By using less sugar we're able to capture that phenomenal mulberry flavor clearly - the jam tastes like fresh mulberries! But because it's a low-sugar recipe we do recommend eating it within a couple weeks of opening the jar (sugar acts as a natural preservative - so the less sugar a jam has, the more perishable it is once opened).
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