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American Spoon Early Glow Strawberry Preserves

American Spoon Early Glow Strawberry Preserves

A rare variety of berry, made in Michigan.

As Justin Rashid, founder of American Spoon says, “Fruit is about seduction. If you just want a gummy, sweet paste, any brand of jam will do. But if you want a flavor experience, you have to buy a great preserve.” What makes this particular strawberry preserve so special? For starters the variety of berries. While only a few strawberry obsessed gardeners will recognize Early Glow by name, they’re special. Much smaller than your typical strawberry and apparently a bit fickle about ripening, their yields are quite low. Strawberry season in Michigan is shamefully short, even more so for these. Not surprisingly, few farmers choose to grow them.

Since they started making jam in 1982 Justin and his crew at American Spoon have bought all their Early Glow strawberries from the same farmer, who raises them on his centennial family farm in the heart of the Leelanau Peninsula. The preserve is berries with cane sugar only—no fructose, no corn syrup, no dextrose. The fruit ratio is exceptionally high, about 60 percent. They recently updated the recipe to include a small amount of pectin because it cuts down on cooking time and lets more of the fruit flavor shine.

Enough about the details. The aroma is amazing. The flavor lingers long. This is as good a strawberry jam as I've ever had. Nuff said.

American Spoon Early Glow Strawberry Preserves

P-STR 9.5 oz jar
Current Price $16
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More to learn

American Spoon jarred its first preserves in Petoskey, Michigan in 1982. At the time, if you wanted high-quality preserves you had to look to Europe. “We wanted to reintroduce America to the amazing foods being made right here.” Said Noah Marshall-Rashid, son of Justin Rashid, founder of the company. Like Zingerman’s (we started in 1982, […]

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