Quince is a relatively unknown fruit that some suggest was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It is a pome fruit that shares a family with apples and pears. This jam has little chunks of quince, capturing a pure quince flavor which is not quite a pear (but with some of the same grit) and not quite an apple. The fruit is harvested at just the right age which lends a bit of chewiness.
Spoon preserves, more like a traditional jam, have a softer set than the cutting preserves. They are equally at home on toast, dessert, or cheese, and rich with pieces of fruit. Quince Marmalade– a nod to the ‘first fruit’ and the origin of ‘marmalade,’ this classic preserve deserves a renaissance. Bright, unique, and swoon worthy. Use it as you would a contemporary marmalade, and enjoy the notes of honey and earth. A unique accompaniment to sheep’s milk cheeses.
About the Producer:
Based on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, Girl meets Dirt specialize in single-varietal preserves made from heritage rainshadow orchard fruit. Grown by small family farmers & homesteaders – many varietals come from trees that have been producing for over 100 years, on the remaining tracts of a once thriving orchard industry. Inspired by this legacy and partnering to revive it, they make the highest quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves nature and careful craft can provide. Made in an old-school style that emphasizes structure and pure, ripe, naturally grown fruit -- we classically prepare them by hand in copper pots, with organic unrefined cane sugar, a squeeze of organic lemon, and fresh herbs from our kitchen garden. They don’t use commercial pectin and rely on time, evaporation, and concentration for set; for us, it’s all about the fruit and drawing out its full potential. They think this fruit is really special; they hope their preserves help tell their story. Their line of cutting preserves and spoon preserves are tailor-made for sweet, and savory pairing, as well as cooking – they’re the perfect pantry staple. A natural accompaniment for cheese, our preserves upgrade a cheese platter to sublime. They bring a sense of gravitas to any meal– an appreciation for tradition: for the bounty the land can provide, and the simple human ingenuity that inspired us long ago, to preserve it.