Those with a penchant for curious condiments will rejoice at the discovery of Inna Jam, a California-based e-purveyor of conserves, pickles, chutneys and shrub (a fruit tipple dating from the colonial era), all costing $13.50 each for 10oz. This streamlined site delivers seasonal condiments made from sustainably grown fruit sourced within 150 miles of the company’s kitchen and containing no added herbs or flavourings.
Jars of unexpected Californian crossbreeds include Flavor King Pluot, a native fruit that is a sharp and sweet mix between a plum and an apricot, and Tayberry, a tart raspberry/blackberry, while purebreeds include Obsidian Blackberry, Blenheim Apricot, Damson Plum and Black Mission Fig.
Most popular is a seriously spicy Jalapeño Jam. Served with hors d’oeuvres or employed as a glaze for meat, it uses an entire chilli pepper for added intensity. For those looking for a milder option, try the Not Too Spicy Hungarian Pepper Jam, while Apricot Chutney has a ginger and coriander kick that pairs well with cheeses and charcuterie. Customised sets (a year’s supply of jam costs $150, or there are six jars for $83, four jars for $56 and two jars for $29) make great gifts.