Our country, with its wonderful sunshine and warm Mediterranean climate, produces some of the most exquisite Greek fruits of unique taste! Thanks to some old traditional recipes, Greeks are able to preserve those flavorful fruits creating some of the most heavenly jams. But, what makes them stand out in the crowd? Well, the love behind Greek jams!
It’s a must, to only use natural ingredients, alongside the state-of-the-art technology. This is how small craftsmanship is able to create exquisite jams with unique scents and aromas!
Homemade jams are some of the first tasting steps Greeks take into the sweet essence of life.
Young Greeks grow up with a very specific kind of breakfast. Thick slices of freshly baked warm bread, slathered with real butter and topped with the piece of resistance, the homemade jam. Flavors vary, honestly depending on what fruit – or vegetable is in season at the time!
In fact, just to name a few: You can find jams made out of oranges, cherries, watermelon, grapes and all kinds of stone fruits. Even olives, chestnuts, and figs. But truly the love behind Greek jams is what gives them this characteristic divine taste!
Whenever any kind of fruit it’s in its prime season, you will find in any Greek household large pots with a tanned bottom, filled with what will later become jam. Only the most experienced hands know how to do it right and how to fill he atmosphere with the delectable aroma of homemade jam! Soon after, the final product ends up in sterile jars.
The moment that fresh fruits transform their juices into the luscious texture that will fill any home with zestful smells, is, to say the least delightful.
The love behind Greek jams is indeed their secret ingredient! It provides a lot more than just taste. It is what makes you remember the exact moment you tasted it. And pushes you to share this experience with your loved ones as well.
Now time for dessert! This tangerine jam is what your taste buds have been waiting for so long! (If you make it let us know!)
Portion: about 1,400 grams
Preparation: 10 ‘
Cooking time: 55 ‘
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Ingredients: 1,400 g tangerines well-washed, zest of 3 tangerines, 1 kg of sugar, 250 ml of water.
Procedure: Fill a pot with boiling water and boil the tangerines for about 30 minutes. Drain them and let them cool. Cut them in the middle, remove the granules and films and beat the remaining in the mixer until you get a smooth paste. In a pot, boil the sugar in 250ml water over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until the sugar melts. Add the tangerine paste and continue boiling for another 15-20 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gets combined. Pour in the tangerine zest, stir for 1-2 minutes and remove from the heat. Store in sterile jars.