Summer Berry Jams!

The past few weeks in Oakland have been quite warm — but we knew it was summer a month ago. How? The arrival of summer berries, of course!

Strawberries are first to appear on the scene as the weather warms up. Their distinctly bright, sweet flavor lends itself perfectly to jam; we’ve mixed it up this year by adding blackberries for tartness and rose geranium to emphasize the floral side of strawberry. A truly delightful early summer berry jam, Strawberry-Blackberry Jam with Rose Geranium is full of strawberry flavor with the slightest edge.

If strawberry is the social butterfly of summer berries, raspberry is its feisty cousin. Raspberries are closely related to blackberries, and make some of our most popular jams, favored for their tart flavor and striking fuchsia color. We’ve accented the zingy taste of raspberry in our Rhubarb & Red Raspberry Jam; check back later this summer for our Black Raspberry Jam.

Combine a black raspberry with a loganberry (itself a blackberry-red raspberry hybrid) and you’ll get a tayberry. We love tayberries for their sophisticated vibrant flavor; marrying the tartness of summer berries with the deep sweetness of blackberry, tayberry jam is a fleeting joy of early Summer. The most regal berry jam out there, Tayberry Jam sells out quickly no matter how much we make!

A truly unique California blackberry, olallieberries are the most precious berries of summer! Olallieberries are a genetic mish-mash of blackberries and raspberries, and are an elegant berries with a deep purple color. Olallieberry Jam is hard to beat for its assertive sweet and tart flavor like nothing else we’ve tasted. For blackberry jam lovers, Olallieberry Jam provides an authentic taste of California.

Fans of tart berry jam will swoon over what we’ve done with boysenberries. Another berry mutt (a combination of raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry), boysenberry has a strong tart flavor which, while distinctive, can be overpowering. We let it sing in our Boysenberry-Strawberry Jam while softening it slightly with the sweet taste of strawberry. Full of sass, this jam is one of our favorites!

We hope you’ll try each of our berry jams, and keep an eye out for new berry flavors as summer progresses! If the weather behaves, we’ll be making Black Raspberry Jam later this summer, as well as Nightfall Blackberry Jam. YUM.

 

Our Favorite Strawberry Jam

We’re trying to wait patiently for Spring’s arrival, and bring with it one of our favorite fruits: strawberries. The perfect strawberry jam highlights the bright, sweet flavor of these gorgeous berries, and adds excitement to toast, scones, and cakes.

It’s time to be honest: We’ve been holding out on you, just a little bit. Some jars of our favorite early-Spring jam have been hidden away to tide us over until strawberries are in season again. Our much-coveted Strawberry-Rose Jam is available in our online store, but we don’t expect it to stick around for long; these jars are disappearing off our shelves at a rapid pace!

We love the brightness of strawberries, and they’re highlighted in this jam with floral notes of rosewater, kirsch, and vanilla bean. Trust us, it’s heavenly on scones with clotted cream, and it’s made waiting for Spring a bit more bearable!