First let’s talk about the GRAND PRIZE, heehee. Talk about being a tease. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Marketmanila Treasure Hunt will receive 3 bottles of jam made personally by Marketman and crew. These jams are like no other… Heehee.
Kalamansi Jam/Marmalade from Luzon
Made from organic hand-picked kalamansi, water and and sugar, this version is thicker than a regular marmalade but with superb flavor and texture. It is perfect on hot pan de sal slathered with sweet butter. It goes surprisingly well with a freshly baked croissant. Rarely will you find a decent commercial kalamansi jam as you literally burn off your fingerprints while de-seeding and chopping this acidic fruit. Bittersweet, and a Marketman favorite.
Mangosteen Jam from Mindanao
Organically raised mangosteen, packed into crates, shipped to Cebu and prepped there before flying in my luggage to Manila and being cooked into jam. This is seriously fruit laden, thicker than most commercial versions and redolent with mangosteen flavor. Unless you purchase mangosteen at its peak, this is a totally extravagant jam to make, due to the cost of the ingredients. I would pit this flavor of jam against the best ones anywhere on the planet. All natural and no preservatives. Superb with a nice banana or even paired with cheese.
Mango Jam from Cebu
Made from mangoes grown on a family-owned orchard in the foothills of Guadalupe, THIS IS MANGO JAM. Grocery versions pale in comparison because they have typically use overripe and slightly damaged mangoes, and they taste like it. This mango jam is a little more liquidy than I would like, as the mangoes in this batch seemed to have a higher water content than usual. But it TASTES like mango and distinct bits of fruit hug the nooks and crannies of your toast like they were made for each other. Even the jelly is infused with serious mango essence that one can only describe as “mango honey.” This bottle would be luxurious if poured over an entire cheesecake.
These are all Vintage 2007 jams, made at the height of the fruits respective seasons, and should keep for several more months. Not even our closest friends will receive all three jams this Christmas… and they come from very limited stocks. So get ready to battle it out in the final contest on Marketmanila.com’s 3rd Anniversary Week celebrations. Contest description and rules up later today. It won’t be so easy… But where else are you going to find a GRAND PRIZE LIKE THIS??? Heeheehee.