Strawberry Maple Jam

There is so much to love about this jam. There are only two ingredients, both of which are available in my local area. It’s simple to make, it’s healthier than jam with sugar, and it’s delicious. The maple flavor does not overpower the strawberries, but remains subtle. According to Janie Quinn, author of Essential Eating: The Digestible Diet, maple syrup is “the easiest-to-digest natural sweetener because it digests very slowly, thereby avoiding a sugar rush into the bloodstream.”

To make the jam, simply mix 3 cups of strawberries, hulled and quartered, with 1 cup of pure maple syrup. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool, and enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Update: I’ve also used this recipe to make huckleberry jam, and raspberry jam. Each was just as wonderful as the strawberry. 

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Can’t Grow Your Own? Buy Local

If you are a gardener, and if, like me, you live in the northeast US, you are anxiously waiting to plant those tomato seedlings sitting under your grow lights. All winter, we have been eating pseudo-tomatoes. You know what I mean; that red thing that looks like a tomato, but is virtually tasteless. And if you’ve never tasted a cucumber, or a pepper that is still warm from the sun and harvested just minutes ago, you really don’t know what you are missing. Fresh just tastes better! Most produce is harvested 4 – 7 days before reaching the supermarket. Because fresh produce loses nutrients so quickly, it is best to try and find a local source. Most of what our industrial agricultural system grows is chosen for its ability to withstand harvesting equipment and its toughness for transport and long shelf life, not for taste or nutrition. On the other hand, farmers that cater to a local market choose many varieties so that they can provide a long harvest season. Getting to know local grower often affords you the opportunity to see how the crops or animals are raised, or at least, to ask him about his growing practices. Buying from your neighbor supports your local economy, encourages community and ensures that your area will continue to have farms for generations to come.

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