‘Confiture’ – Delicious Inspiration from Paris on Preserving The Fruits of Our Labor!
‘Confiture’ is a French word meaning jam, preserve, or candied fruit. Preserving is an ancient strategy for maintaining food over long periods of time. Food preservation was certainly a critical need in ancient times pre-dating refrigeration, but it continues to be important as we endeavor to use locally-grown food resources as consciously (and deliciously!) as possible.
On a recent trip to Paris, I spotted this ‘La Chambre aux Confitures’ store. This ‘room of preserves’, a tiny specialty shop on Rue de Vieille du Temple in the beautiful Marais district, displayed an amazing variety of preserves, jams, foie gras, and other jarred preserved foods. Ten varieties of Fruits Rouges (‘red fruits’), including currant, currant and violet, red cherry, red cherry and mint, red raspberry, red raspberry with flowers…! Dessert sauces as well, including several dark chocolate and caramel sauces, and ‘friponnes’, thick, chunky sweet-and-savory preserves that could be used as jam or eaten with a spoon for dessert. Wonderful advance inspiration for creative ‘putting up’ of my own crop of summer berries!