To me, strawberries and rhubarb are some of the best parts of spring! So why not make it so you will be able to enjoy them throughout the entire year? With complementary bursts of fresh lemon and ginger, this jam will have you reaching into your pantry all year to pop open a can and enjoy the amazing flavors and memories of spring.
Rhubarb is a spring fruit that happens to grow very well in Northern Virginia, with a growing season that typically lasts from the end of March till mid-June, depending on the weather. Rhubarb looks similar to red celery with large greens that look similar to swiss chard growing out of the ends. The red stalks are the part you want to use when cooking, and definitely avoid the greens and roots because they are poisonous to humans and most animals because of their high amounts of oxalic acid. Rhubarb has a naturally tart flavor, most similarly compared to a granny smith apple.
For the recipe, we pair the strawberries with rhubarb because rhubarb has a sour flavor that serves as a natural balance to the strawberries. The addition of the ginger and fresh lemon sets the pairing of the strawberry and rhubarb off! I promise, you could sit on your couch with an entire jar of this stuff and a spoon, and you will never get bored of it. The flavor is just that dynamic. I make no promises in regards to avoiding a sugar comma, though.
This is an amazing, all-year round jam that tastes so fresh and is extremely easy to make. Here are the ingredients you need:
This recipe is a staple that has been passed on for ages. What makes this recipe so great is just how easy it is. Honestly, here are the steps:
The other aspect that makes this recipe great is that you can make a large batch of it during the spring, using local produce during its natural season, and can have it throughout the whole year! Once you have the jam, you can use it as a spread or condiment, or even use it in other desserts such as a creme brulee, a pie filling, or even a sorbet base. I even use it as a component of some of my favorite cocktails quite often.
Cheers and eat well!
With complementary bursts of fresh lemon and ginger, this jam will have you reaching into your pantry all year to pop open a can and enjoy the amazing flavors and memories of spring.
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