What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

March 7, 2012

New from Right Brain Kitchens: Emerald Isle Citrus Jam

New from Right Brain Kitchens: Emerald Isle Citrus Jam

Dollop on some green for St. Patty’s! Note: No leprechauns were harmed during the production of this jam.

You remember Joe Loewinsohn, maker of Right Brain Kitchens jams & marmalades. He’s also a Sigona’s employee and one of the most knowledgeable foodies around! To tempt your taste buds this St. Patrick’s Day, we enlisted Joe’s creativity to produce a green jam. What he came up with is stellar and absolutely perfect for a day of green. He calls it Emerald Isle Citrus Jam.

What’s more is you’ll get a jar of Emerald Isle Citrus Jam for free next week (March 14-20, 2012) with your coupon when you spend $30 or more!

How the Jam Came to be

Sometimes, says Joe, results of mistakes are better than what you were aiming for in the first place; this jam is one of those. He was trying to

make a lemon curd with no eggs or butter, but instead ended up with a lemon jam. However, after one taste Joe knew he had created something special in its own right.

One of the discoveries in all his experiments was all-natural food colorings. Not only is Joe dedicated to making the most delicious-tasting

treats, he is dedicated to making them with all-natural or organic ingredients, when possible, to keep them as good for you as possible. Joe found a supplier that makes all-natural and organic colors for food and confections from the extracts of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The best part? Most of those colorings don’t have a bitter or chemical taste, like those made with the Food, Drug & Cosmetic (FD&C) colors.

All-Natural and Organic

“Discovering this, I can now color jams and candies and they are even more delicious and beautiful,” said Joe. “I can also jazz up the natural

Local vendor Joe Loewinsohn is as local as we can get...he's a Sigona's crew member!

colors you lose when you cook the jams. I’m also able to list the all-natural and organic colors on our labels with pride.”

For example, the beta carotene used for the color orange tastes like the sweetest carrot juice you have ever tasted. Same goes for

the black carrot juice used for purple coloring. Joe also found that the floral-chlorophyll for green coloring was very sweet and carried an almost lime-like background flavor.

“When Sigona’s asked me to come up with a green jam for St. Patrick’s Day, I instantly thought of that wonderful forest green coloring with that great lime flavor, and Emerald Isle Citrus Jam was the end result,” said Joe. “In the jar it looks dark and mysterious, but once you spread it on something you see the amazing emerald green color with its soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture

and light, fresh lime-lemon flavor that complements a wide variety of foods.”

Dab on a Dollop

Joe recommends adding a dollop to wilted bitter greens and says it is simply amazing on corned beef or ham. It is, of course, delightful on toast, crumpets & muffins, as well as in an afternoon tea cucumber sandwich. Its uses are seemingly endless!

This is a very limited production; only 40 cases were made, so when it’s gone, it’s gone…until next St. Patty’s Day, anyway!

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