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Fig Jam in Boston

CreativeFoodie42 Sep 22, 2009 12:25 PM

I'm looking for some good fig jam to serve with some goat cheese. Any recommendations on brands and places to buy them in Boston?

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    CookieLee Sep 22, 2009 12:32 PM

    Whole Foods had a sample tasting yesterday. I don't know what brand it is. They served it on a creamy brie. I could have just stayed there all day!

    1. galleygirl Sep 22, 2009 12:40 PM

      Whole Goods has the fig paste from Mitica, which they flog in all their stores; I find it a little one-dimensional...
      I know Concord Cheese Shop has the best one I've ever tasted, a Fig Jam from a company called Matin des Pyrenees...Some of the Whole Foods have that line on their grocery shelves, but I don't know if they have the fig...You find huge pieces, and half figs, inside...

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        rouxmaker Sep 22, 2009 01:42 PM

        any of the Armenian markets in Watertown have several brands. The kind with huge fig chunks and about half the price of the one sold at WF.

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          galleygirl Sep 22, 2009 02:50 PM

          That's right, and I think Arax makes their own...

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        catsmeow Sep 22, 2009 01:43 PM

        I get Organic Adriatic Fig Jam at Whole Foods. It's my favorite fig jam. It has an orange paper covered lid and is in the cheese dept near the glass case where the more expensive cheeses are kept. It was $4.99. I also get quince paste there as well. I love either one with goat cheese. Sometimes, I roughly chop marconi almonds to sprinkle on it.

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          CreativeFoodie42 Sep 22, 2009 01:52 PM

          I just drooled a little at your post about the combination of fig jam, almonds and goat cheese.

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            CookieLee Sep 22, 2009 04:21 PM

            This is the fig jam I was thinking of. Mr. CookieLee is addicted to those almonds!

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              catsmeow Sep 22, 2009 04:26 PM

              It's been a while since I had it, and my post reminded me of how much I enjoy it. I just made myself a small plate. It was sooooo good!

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              CreativeFoodie42 Sep 23, 2009 12:43 PM

              I picked up some of the Organic Adriatic Fig Jam at WF today along with Earth&Vine brand Mandarin Pumpkin Marmalade. I'm planning on serving both with goat, cheddar and blue cheese, sliced baguette and toasted walnuts as an appetizer for a small dinner gathering I'm having tonight. I'll report back!

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                catsmeow Sep 23, 2009 06:39 PM

                Mandarin Pumpkin Marmalade sounds interesting.

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                  NahantNative Sep 24, 2009 05:55 AM

                  Anyone ever make their own Fig Jam???

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                    Eatin in Woostah Oct 3, 2009 07:43 PM

                    Not jam, but preserves. We had figs in our yard in Louisiana, and made preserves every year. I wish I could find something to buy that approximates our homemade preserves. They were preserved whole and fresh, with a sweet but not too thick or dark syrup. To eat, you'd just take a fig out of the jar and spread it across a biscuit, and it was soft enough to spread just like a jam. If anyone comes across something like this, please let me know.

                  2. re: catsmeow
                    CreativeFoodie42 Sep 24, 2009 07:34 AM

                    The Adriatic Fig Jam was a big hit. Everyone seemed to enjoy it with the camembert and the smoked cheddar. I also really enjoyed the mandarin pumpkin marmalade and can't wait to use it for a marinade with pork or with carrots.

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                random amblings Sep 22, 2009 03:01 PM

                WHat ever happened to the fig preserve they used to sell at Trader Joe's. Another casualty?

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                  Couves Sep 22, 2009 03:20 PM

                  You might consider that there are fig jams made with dried figs and those made with fresh figs. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear what you are buying (or eating!). In my experience, the ones with large chunks are usually fresh whereas the darker ones are dried. Fig paste or fig cake is definitely dry. I like both kinds. The best fresh one I’ve had tasted just like biting into a fresh fig. The darker dried fig jams can have caramel, fruitcake and black tea-type flavors.

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                  1. re: Couves
                    galleygirl Sep 22, 2009 03:33 PM

                    Ya know, I knew that, and I forgot it...Thanks for bringing up that very good point, Couves.

                  2. Eatin in Woostah Sep 22, 2009 05:48 PM

                    I've yet to find a fig jam that I love, having grown up on my family's homemade fig preserves. But I can tell you one to avoid - Stonewall Kitchen Fig and Ginger preserve. Ick.

                    I'm going to go seek out the Matin des Pyrenees - sounds good!

                    1. BostonZest Sep 22, 2009 05:55 PM

                      If you are near Copley Farmers market try the Fig Ginger spread from Deborah's Kitchen.

                      She makes a wonderful fig ginger mixture. We did a sampling of her spreads at a cook out last year and there were quite a few that now live in our pantry.

                      I just checked and she also does the Brookline, Bedford, Harvard University and waltham markets.



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                        Couves Sep 22, 2009 06:23 PM

                        My favorite fresh fig jam is from Fall River's Kennedy Park farmer's market. I forget the farm's name, but they make it was Massachusetts-grown figs!

                      2. CreativeFoodie42 Sep 23, 2009 07:17 AM

                        Wow, thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm going to check out Whole Foods and Savenor's tonight to see what they have and I'll report back!

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                          pariss Sep 23, 2009 01:24 PM

                          I just received a gift from Williams Sonoma that included a jar of fig jam. Haven't opened it yet so I can't vouch for it - but it looks yummy!

                          1. greenzebra Sep 23, 2009 07:29 PM

                            Dave's Fresh Pasta sells Dalmatia Fig Spread (made with dried figs) -- it is delicious on their prosciutto, fig, and mozzarella sandwich. I've never had not on one of their sandwiches, but I imagine it would go quite well with goat cheese.

                            Edited to add: I think the Adriatic Fig Jam mentioned upthread that Whole Foods sells is made by the same company: http://www.dalmatiaimports.com/Produc...

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                              SmartChow Nov 16, 2009 05:27 PM

                              I second Dave's. Also, try out local farmer's markets...

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                              bella_sarda Sep 25, 2009 07:13 AM

                              Sportello sells a homemade fig jam that I believe is made with fresh figs. I haven't tried it yet, but I did try their quince marmalade, which was amazing. Of course, they're expensive and only available at Sportello, but could be something special.

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                                tweetie Nov 17, 2009 05:13 AM

                                Bought a jar at Burlington Market Basket yesterday. Pretty sure it's a seasonal holiday item because I've never seen it before and it wasn't with the other jams and preserves. The brand is Marco Polo, made in Bulgaria, 13 oz. $2.99. Not open yet so I can't vouch for it.

                                Marco Polo
                                274 Summer St Lbby 1, Boston, MA 02210

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