Girl Meets Dirt - Italian Plum & Anise Hyssup Spoon Preserve
One of the reasons that we began Yummy Artisan Foods was because of a plum jam. This is a fantastic jam that reminds us why we enjoy eating these beautiful artisanal products. Italian plums are red skinned with a red interior, and a relatively small size, but packed with a ton of flavor. This jam is tart, and rich, and has wonderful meaty plum chunks.
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. Italian Plum & Anise Hyssop – Orcas Island’s beloved Italian Plums (Prune Alley, in the middle of town, used to be a country lane through an orchard of Italian prune trees) shine in this well-rounded preserve-accented with garden grown anise hyssop. Deep purple, rich, with just a hint of licorice. Try with chocolate mousse.
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.