October 31, 2016

Bar-Le-Duc Jam: A Culinary Luxury!

That's someting you have to try before you die...

Bar-le-duc jelly is a highly regarded preparation of jelly originally composed of select whole seeded currants, typically white currants or alternatively red currants. The name Bar-le-duc refers to the geographical origin of the preparation in the French town of Bar-le-duc. Since the jelly's first documented reference in 1344, the culinary name "Lorraine Jelly" is occasionally used, as the city of Bar-le-duc lies within the boundaries of the former province of Lorraine.

Bar_Le_Duc_Jam4

Commonly served as an accompaniment to game, spread on bread, or with foie gras, it is considered a culinary luxury, sharing an elite status akin to Beluga caviar and is colloquially referred to as Bar Caviar. The typical product is a jam, with the berries remaining intact in a thin syrup. About 200 currants go into one 85 gram jar, which costs approximately €15 a jar in Bar-le-Duc and $40 in the US (as of 2008). The spread has been enjoyed by notables such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Bar_Le_Duc_Jam2

For many hundreds of years the town of Bar-le-Duc has been world famous for its redcurrant jam made with currants hand seeded with a feather quill. Since 1344 nothing has changed in the way the fruit is carefully and patiently prepared by the ladies locally known as "épépineuses" (seeders).

Bar_Le_Duc_Jam3

This hand-seeded redcurrant jam is made in Bar-le-Duc, a town in north-east France that has been making preserves for 700 years, winning plaudits from grandees across centuries including Mary, Queen of Scots, who called it a “ray of sunshine in a jar”. It’s not possible to make redcurrant jam without including unappetising seeds – but during the 14th century, local monks had the idea of removing the seeds of redcurrants before making the jam. One by one, with a goose quill.

Categories: Tasty Discoveries



PREVIOUS ARTICLE

Toto Beirut: The New Décor... And Same Great Experience!

NEXT ARTICLE

Sai Saki: Fast Food Sushi in Naccache




been there? what was your impression? (0/10)

0
happy
0
good
0
euhh
0
meh!
0
nah!
0
never again