|Bright flavor and buttery texture comes alive in this fruit butter made with nothing but slow cooked crabapples, flavorful damson plums, a little sugar and a dash of lemon to bring it all together.
Why it’s Slow Food
This fruit butter contains two delicious fruits that are both centuries old, treasured heirlooms. Pacific crabapple trees native to the western U.S., or Malus Fusca, have been prized for generations for their acidic, naturally pectin-y fruit and their bark, which has medicinal properties. Damson plums are not native to the U.S., but they are a beautiful heirloom that was originally cultivated by the peoplw of Damascus, Syria, hence the name Damson plum. Like crabapples, they are often found to be too tart to eat right off the tree, but this acidity makes them perfect for jams, liquors, and in this case and delectable fruit butter! A fruit butter is different than a jam or marmalade because the skins and seeds are removed from the fruit and it is cooked slowly until the fruit caramelizes slightly and turns to a buttery-like texture rather than being cooked for a shorter period of time with a little more sugar.
The Blue Chair Fruit team is certifiably obsessed with fruit preserves. Not only do they make their small-batch jam, preserves, and marmalades in special copper kettles, they have classes, books, and clubs that generously share their artisanal secrets. We are very excited to share this fruit butter with you.
Plums are valued for their high content of vitamins C, A, and fiber – where do you think prunes - which are dried plums - get all their nutritional benefits?! Plus, crabapples contain the same high vitamin C content and fibrousness that larger apples do. We also firmly believe that jams made from fresh, unprocessed, unfrozen fruit, untouched by synthetic sweeteners or syrups are just better for your body and your peace of mind.
This flavorful, buttery spread tastes great in so many combinations! Here are some ideas:
- We think it was made for cheeseboards. It’s not overly sweet and the smooth texture allows it to spread perfectly on crumbly clothbound cheddar.
- Shake it up with your favorite vinaigrette recipe and drizzle it on arugula, apple slices, and chopped almonds.
Blue Chair Fruit Co.
Crabapples of California