This is the reason why I didn't grow up having rice for breakfast everyday and instead we have loaves of bread on the table and we panic when we ran out of them and couldn't rush to the nearest bakery to refill our stock for the next day. As a result, we each have our own favorite type of bread. Mine would always be Ciabatta, my sister Foccacia, Mommy loves freshly baked pandesal and monay while my dad, a no-frills man, always goes for his 4 slices of Tasty in the morning.
Together with our breads, we each have our own favorite spreads to. I love anything savory while my dad and sister prefer something sweet. Still we all love to shop for new jams, spread and fillings while doing our respective grocery shopping.
Take my recent trip to the US for example, I went nuts inside the Knotts Berry Store as I hoarded on bottles of Strawberry and Apricot jams. Paul just stood beside me shaking his head and telling me to slow down on my hoarding. True enough, this was the first thing my family looked for the moment we landed in Manila and they were so happy to see the bottles of jam that I brought home for them. See, I just know them too well.
Thanks to Pierre of The Fruit Garden, we got two boxes of his discovery set for us to try his wide-array for flavors. Needless to say, this made my family very happy. Soon, we opened each tiny jar and began our search for our favorite jam flavor.
Note that these are all home-made jams using Pierre's French recipe wherein each mixture is cooked in a copper cauldron using 100% natural ingredients. I love biting into tiny bits of fruits as I discovered my way around the 11 flavors on the table.
While Pierre has the usual fruity flavors such as Strawberry, Mango and Pineapple, what my family enjoyed were the unique blends that we didn't know could actually go well together.
My personal favorite was the Strawberry Banana, somehow this reminds me of the delicious fruit shakes that I always look for when in Boracay. Definitely transporting me back to my favorite summer destination. Paul agreed with me and we emptied out the tiny jar in no time. My mom loved the Pineapple Coco Rhum as she commented that it has just the right amount of sweetness. Papa couldn't decide which one he liked best but eventually chose the two Mango flavored jams -- Mango Lavender and Mango Chocolate. This was actually his breakfast spreads for a couple of mornings after.
The Fruit Garden also has their own 100% Pure Honey from Abra. Pierre really makes it a point to use our local fruits and other products in creating his delicious jams and chutneys. Hats off to you, Pierre!
Lastly, after enjoying his jams, I met Pierre again at the Legazpi Sunday Market and was able to try his three types of Chutneys. Since I love anything savory, I was really thrilled about his newest creation as this would go well with any savory dish. He had Tomato, Mango and Pineapple Chutney. Among the three, I liked the Tomato Chutney (Php. 150) the most and got myself a bottle to take home. According to him, I can have this together with any grilled or fried meat. I can't wait to bring out our griller and have some meaty porkchop with Pierre's Tomato Chutney for dinner! Ohh..sounds delicious!
Price List for the Jams are as follows:
Discovery Set (with 6 tiny jars of assorted flavor) : Php. 350
120g jar: Php. 140
350g jar: Php. 300
Check out The Fruit Garden every Sunday at the Legazpi Market and you may also call Pierre at 0920 9453565 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your very own jar of jams and chutneys.