Bitesized: A jam-packed blog post

You asked for it (well, at least one person did) so I am pleased to provide another Running Buffet bitesized blog post about jam. After the recent success with the Blueberry Brothers blueberry and lime jam and their blueberry and chilli jam, I had high hopes for the Devon jam making industry. It turns out that loads and loads of people make jam. Mrs Running Buffet has been known to knock up several batches over a summer and you don’t have to travel far in Devon to find shelves heaving under the weight of row after row of jam jars. The following is therefore by no means exhaustive, but is a rough sample of some of the jams you can find in Devon.

First on the tasting table is some whortleberry jam. “Whort is that?” you might ask, hilariously. A whortleberry is a blueberry, but not any blueberry. It is a wild Dartmoor blueberry and they are gathered up from the moor and made into, effectively, a blueberry jam. But it’s a very nice blueberry jam. It doesn’t have the tempering lime hit or the chilli warmth from the Blueberry Brothers jams, but it is very tasty nonetheless.

Rhuberry jamContinuing with the strange names up next we have rhuberry jam from Shute Fruits. Now a rhuberry doesn’t actually exist, rather this is a combination of rhubarb and strawberry in a jam. Of the two flavours, strawberry is probably more prominent but there is a definite sense of rhubarb in there as well. And once again it makes for a slightly unusual jam experience.

Finally, and I realise that this is not a jam, we have Waterhouse Fayre Seville Marmalade. Again, marmalade is almost as popular as jam in this part of the country. It seems that there are several people boiling up pans of oranges to turn into a tasty toast topping. This is no exception: nicely fruity, if not exceptional, this was another enjoyable jar of Devon made marmalade.

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