This is a new recurring feature where I post products I’ve tried — and I think you should try, too. If you’ve got suggestions for me, let me know. I’ll try just about anything.
I’m a sucker for local jams.
There’s nothing like freshly made artisan fruit preserves using local ingredients — and that’s wherever I am. (I brought home several jars of jams and jellies from a street market in Amsterdam this summer.)
The name alone — Banana Foster Jam ($10) — won me over.
Monkeypod Jam uses local fruits from sustainable farms on Kauai. The preserves start with whole fruits — whatever’s in season — and are cooked in classic Mauviel copper jam pots specifically designed to make the jam because of their their small size, low profile and even heating properties.
The company also sells such gourmet items as lemon-sage marmalade, mountain apple pepper jelly, papaya vanilla jam and spiced tomato jam. Most can be purchased through its website.
I ate these with just simple crackers and they were delicious. Imagine adding these flavors to thumbprint cookies or atop warm butter rolls.
And look at them — they make great gifts, too.
If you’re interested in Monkeypod Jams and want to sample the flavors, stop by Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be new flavors, too, like jaboticaba jelly and starfruit marmalade.