I judge jam by its cover

A few months back, I wrote about this awesome jam brand (The Fruit Garden) for SPOT.ph’s What We’re Loving Now section. I never met the owner although my sister did; she was, after all, the one who recommended it. After a series of amazing coincidences (that included meeting my sister twice), Mr. Pierre Marmonier e-mailed me directly to thank me for the feature, adding that they had a holiday line coming up. Several weeks and e-mails later, and much to my delight, he sent over samples.

The Fruit Garden makes homemade “luxury” jams using beloved flavors like mango, strawberry, and chocolate, but with a gourmet twist. Mr. Marmonier is foreign (his wife is Pinay, though!) but they use a lot of native ingredients like Abra honey. Now isn’t that nice?… and ironically nationalistic? It has almost everything I look for in a product: impact, “local”, quality, and mixed with lots of homemade love.

Presenting the Wave Collection P640:

Slide to see the stackable glass jars. Winter Cocktail: Blueberry, papaya, orange , mango, a touch of cinnamon with a rhum finish; Four seasons : Guyabano, pineapple, orange mango with a vodka finish

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. And I’m a sucker for things that come in a pretty box. Empty boxes from Sweet Bella and Villa del Conte take up much of my desk space. They make me happy, and they put a smile on my face. I won’t care if I find a severed hand in a lovely box so long as the blood didn’t drip on the lining. … er… moving on to things more yummy and less gory… I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but take it from me, the flavors are so much better than what the outfit lets on (and that’s already saying a lot).

The Discovery Box P350:

The perfect gift: an array of sample sizes. Strawberry, Pineapple Coco Rhum, Mango Ginger, Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Mango, Mango Chocolate

I love jam. I was a really skinny kid until I discovered strawberry and ube jams from Baguio. Now, Oprah and I share one trait–an unpredictable waistline. Jams from The Fruit Garden are a much cheaper, much closer, much more sosyal alternative. The con? It’s looks too beautiful to just rip open and eat!

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