Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our Delicious Fruit Preserves, Jelly, Apple Butter and Curds

We enjoy eating what we sell! Therefore, we can whole heartily recommend our products. At breakfast there are always several jars of Graves Mountain Preserves and Apple Butter to choose from. What a difficult choice!! We can’t eat them all at once. We sell Orange Marmalade, Apple Butter, Cherry, Seedless Red Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry and Peach Preserves, and Green Pepper Jelly from Graves Mountain. We also sell Peach Orange Clove Jam, Cranberry Nut Conserve, Carrot Jam, and Raspberry, Lemon and Key Lime Curds from Rowena’s.Here is some information about what a fruit butter, jelly, marmalade, jam, preserve and curd is and how we sell them in gift baskets, gift boxes, fruit gable boxes, alone, and in asssortments.

Marmalade is a fruit preserve usage made of citrus fruits. “Marmalade" mostly refers to a preserve derived from a citrus fruit, commonly oranges. The recipe includes sliced or chopped fruit peel simmered in fruit juice and water until soft; indeed marmalade is sometimes described as jams with fruit peel. Marmalade is often eaten on toast for breakfast. Marmalade can be made from lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges or any combination there of. We offer Graves Mountain Orange Marmalade in a set of 3 jars, in assortments with other jams and honey, in fruit gable gift boxes with assortments and in gourmet gift baskets of Virginia products. Graves Mountain Orange Marmalade is “sunshine in a jar” filled with chunks of oranges and lemons. It is especially delicious on a warmed croissant.

Fruit preserves or Jam refers to fruits or vegetables that have been prepared and canned for long term storage. The preparation of fruit preserves traditionally involves the use of pectin as a gelling agent, although sugar or honey may be used as well. There are various types of fruit preserves made globally, and they can be made from sweet or savory ingredients.We offer Graves Mountain Preserves singley in groups of three or in an assortment with other jams, creamd honey and apple butter, in fruit gable gift boxes with these asssortments, in gift boxes, and in gift baskets of fineVirginia foods. We also have baskets with just preserves or just preserves and creamed honey.We also offer Rowena’s Carrot Jam and Peach Clove Jam in sets of three or in an assortment with Cranberry Nut Conserve.

Jelly - A clear, cooked mixture of fruit juice, sugar, and sometimes, added pectin.We offer Green Pepper Jelly from Graves Mountain.

Conserve: A Conserve is generally a mixture of more than one fruit, often with added nuts and raisins that is cooked until it becomes thick. It is used as a spread for breads, pastries and meats, and in the latter use is closest to chutney. Other producers refer to a thickly stewed preserve as a conserve. Tomato conserves can be more savory.We offer Rowena’s Cranberry Conserve alone in a set of three or in a assortment with Peach Orange Clove Jam and Carrot Jam.

Fruit Butter: Fruit Butter, such as apple butter, is a fruit puree or pulp combined with sugar, lemon juice and spices, slowly cooked down to a smooth consistency. The “butter” refers to its spreadability. There is no actual butter in the product.We offer Graves Mountain Apple Butter, incredibly creamy and spiced perfectly, in a set of three, in assortments, in assortments in gift boxes, in fruit gable gift boxes, and in gift baskets of Virginia products.

Fruit Curd: Fruit curd is a creamy spread made with sugar, eggs and butter, generally flavored with citrus juice and zest. Lemon curd is the classic variety, but lime curd and blood orange curd can be found, as can other fruit curds such as raspberry and strawberry. A citrus curd is refreshingly tart, as opposed to more sugary jams and preserves. The butter creates a smoother and creamier texture than jam. Homemade lemon curd was traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea as an alternative to jam, and as a filling for cakes, small pastries and tarts. We offer Rowena’s Raspberry, Lemon, And Key Lime Curd in sets of three or an assortment of one of each. Rowena’s Lemon and Raspberry Curds are available in a sugar free version.

Visit and try for yourself or send as a gift our truely special fruit preserves, creamy apple butter, green pepper jelly, and curds and check out our gift baskets, gift boxes, and fruit gable gift boxes.

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