The Best of California

California is made for fruit lovers — a long growing season, moderate temperatures through winter, and a brigade of farmers and gardeners committed to nurturing heirloom fruit varieties.

Here at Blue Chair Fruit, our greatest joy is celebrating California produce by taking fruit at the peak of its season and preserving it to enjoy throughout the year. And we want to share our favorite California flavors with you!

Our California Preserves 3-Pack contains one jar each of:

  • Olallieberry Jam, made from our favorite regional blackberries
  • Meyer Lemon-Blood Orange Marmalade, highlighting the unique flavor of Meyer lemons
  • Yvette’s Plum Jam, our love song to our friend Yvette’s perfect backyard plums

We hope you love these special California fruits as much as we do!

How to Use Marmalade: Yogurt Cake with Lemon Marmalade Glaze

Yogurt Cake with Lemon Marmalade Glaze

We frequently have farmers’ market customers ask us what to do with marmalade, beyond spreading it on toast and eating it with a spoon. Here’s an application we love, that’s a little off the beaten path but still pretty easy: use your favorite marmalade to glaze a simple cake!

The cake recipe here is simple enough — its light, sweet flavor is the perfect base for any Blue Chair Fruit marmalade. We glazed this cake with our Lemon Marmalade with Lavender and Cardamom, and we think the subtle lavender notes, along with the slightly tart bitter lemon taste, really make this simple cake sing. You can strain out the citrus rinds (they make a lovely snack while you wait for the glaze to set), but we love the extra surprise kick they give.

Of course, the sky’s the limit here. What about playing up the sophistication by using¬†Bergamot Marmalade — and then serving with Earl Grey tea? Or, if you’re feeling sweeter, glaze with¬†Strawberry-Meyer Lemon Marmalade.

It may be time to sneak back in the kitchen for another slice…